According to TeamTalk, Newcastle are one of multiple Premier League clubs keen on signing Tammy Abraham from Chelsea this summer.
The forward has had limited opportunities at Stamford Bridge this season, leading to speculation he could be on the way out.
He won’t come cheap, however, with the Telegraph reporting that Chelsea want £40million.
If Newcastle are going to sign Abraham, they will have to equal the fee they paid for Joelinton in 2019.
Is Mike Ashley going to be willing to do that in the midst of a pandemic while the takeover saga rumbles on? I highly doubt it.
While Abraham is an exciting target, he hardly seems like a realistic one.
Abraham surely won’t be joining Newcastle
Bringing Abraham to St James’ Park would be a real statement of intent.
We already have a goalscorer in Callum Wilson, but struggled during his absence. Adding a player of Abraham’s quality to the squad would certainly turn heads.
But the Telegraph report that both Leicester and West Ham are keen. That is a big problem for Newcastle.
As it stands, Leicester look on course to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
As for West Ham, they’re still fighting to make it into Europe’s top competition. And even if they don’t finish in the top four, they are well placed to be in next season’s Europa League.
Combine that with West Ham’s London location and suddenly the Hammers are a very attractive proposition.
In comparison, what can Newcastle offer Abraham?
This wouldn’t be the first time Newcastle failed to sign the English forward.
He was linked with the Magpies back in 2017 during Rafa Benitez’s tenure. Instead, he joined Swansea on loan where he struggled.
Abraham has since proven that he can score goals in the Premier League, and whoever signs him this summer will be getting a top footballer.
However, because of the price and the competition, it seems unlikely that he’ll be coming to Newcastle.