A Tammy Abraham loan deal could be finalised as early as this weekend.
The Chelsea striker looks as though he could be the deal that actually happens, amongst the never-ending names that have been thrown up by the media.
Last week it was revealed that both Newcastle and Brighton had been given permission to talk to the player and now widespread media reports on Friday morning are saying that it is St James Park where Tammy Abraham will be playing his football next season.
The Mail say that Rafa Benitez has maintained a close relationship with Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emenalo since the Newcastle manager’s time at Stamford Bridge, with that connection helping to smooth the way for a loan deal.
Newcastle of course loaned Christian Atsu last season and his permanent move from Chelsea has already been agreed.
There won’t be any similar permanent deal clause with Tammy Abraham, the striker given his Premier League debut for Chelsea as an 18 year old and is a player who the West London club see as a potential first team player of the future.
Joining Bristol City on a temporary basis last summer, Tammy Abraham showed astonishing form for a then 18 year old.
Despite playing for a team battling relegation for much of the season, the on-loan forward scored a total of 26 goals for the second tier team.
This included an impressive 23 goals in only 40 Championship starts.
The striker has represented England at Under 19 and Under 21 levels.
Not surprisingly, Abraham won Bristol City’s player of the year, young player of the year, and top goalscorer awards.
The 6ft 4 striker looks to have a big future ahead of him and from the Newcastle end of things, the club has already made clear that loan deals will form part of Rafa Benitez’ strategy this summer as Newcastle return to the Premier League.