By Matt Farr
Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has confirmed the club are interested in signing Chelsea attacker Tammy Abraham on loan this summer.
The 19-year-old hitman lit up the Championship during the 2016-17 season, scoring an incredible 26 goals in all competitions.
Abraham has returned to Chelsea following the expiry of his loan deal, but could be permitted to leave the club for another temporary spell in the coming months.
The youngster has made just two first-team appearance for Chelsea, and is unlikely to be handed a regular role in the senior setup at Stamford Bridge next season.
Premier League newcomers Brighton and Newcastle have both been linked with a move for the goalscorer as a result, but Swansea have threatened to throw a spanner in the works by joining the race.
Swansea manager Paul Clement previously worked as a coach in the youth ranks at Chelsea, and is already well aware of what Abraham can offer, and chairman Jenkins admits he could bring him to the Liberty Stadium.
He told BBC Wales: “He’s a young and up and coming player we are interested in. Tammy does not have Premier League experience, but we are interested.”
“Paul knows him from Chelsea. If you look at the options which have been publicised, (they are) Brighton, Newcastle and ourselves, so it is left to Tammy and his family to decide where he wants to go next.”
Swansea’s confirmed interest comes just days after a report in the Sun claimed that Championship outfit Hull City were also weighing up a move.
Similarly to Clement, newly-appointed Hull boss Leonid Slutskiy has previous ties to Chelsea and their current owner Roman Abramovich, and hopes his positive relationship could swing a deal in their favour.
But Abraham is currently on international duty with England at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, and is not likely to make a decision on his future until the competition is over.
Football Insider verdict
The growing interest in Abraham is not great news for Newcastle. While an opportunity to work under Rafa Benitez could be an attractive factor for the player, each of the Magpies interested rivals also boast advantages. The Slutskiy-Abramovich link works in the favour of Hull, while Paul Clement has previously worked with Chelsea and Abraham. Brighton, meanwhile, are in the closest proximity to Chelsea and would make it easier for them to monitor his development. However, Benitez has an ambitious project at Newcastle, and the youngster could be handed regular opportunities in the top-flight, which is exactly what the player needs next season.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies must join the race for this 22-year-old Premier League winger.