Sky Sports have reported on Tuesday afternoon that Tammy Abraham should be a (season-long) Newcastle player by the end of this week.
The broadcaster says that their information is that Newcastle have succeeded in convincing player and club (Chelsea) that Newcastle is the right destination for the 19 year old striker to spend a year on loan.
Having scored 26 goals for a struggling Bristol City last season, including 23 in 40 Championship starts, Tammy Abraham was always going to be a striker in demand this summer.
The Times reported this morning that they’d been told Newcastle had beaten off the competition and now Sky Sports say that main rivals (for the striker) Brighton have now switched attention to Fraizer Campbell.
The former Sunderland forward will be a free agent when his Crystal Palace contract concludes at the end of June.
Sky say that Newcastle had to satisfy Chelsea that Abraham would be guaranteed to get regular football before any deal could be negotiated.
At 6ft 4, Tammy Abraham’s height would/will offer Newcastle United something a little bit different to Dwight Gayle, with the potential of the pair playing together as well.
Both Daryl Murphy and Aleksandar Mitrovic offered height but the Serbian’s painful lack of pace makes it very difficult for him to get involved enough, whilst at 34 Murphy will surely be on the bench at best if he is still at St James Park this coming season.
The media in Turkey claimed earlier today that Besiktas club officials are due to fly into Newcastle this week to negotiate the transfer of Mitrovic and whatever the truth of that, he is clearly a player Rafa Benitez doesn’t rate highly, having given him only 11 starts in the second tier this past season.
Would be nice to think that if Tammy Abraham does arrive on loan, there will still be another striker brought in to give Newcastle three forwards who could all share the load when it comes to goals and matches.
If a deal for the 19 year old Chelsea striker is completed, his arrival may be delayed as he is taking part in the Under 21s European Championships with England this month, the tournament going from Friday 16 to Friday 30 June.
Newcastle’s players due back for pre-season on Monday 3 July but Tammy Abraham likely to get some time off before joining his new teammates.