By Noel Whelan

29th Jun, 2021 | 10:12am

Aston Villa tipped for top-six push after major Abraham update - Whelan

Noel Whelan has claimed £40million for Tammy Abraham would be “money well spent” by Aston Villa.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds and Middlesbrough forward claimed the 23-year-old is almost guaranteed to succeed at Villa Park given his previous spell at the club.

As revealed by this site on 3rd May, Villa have set aside a record-breaking £40million to sign Abraham ahead of Wolves and Leicester.

The Mirror reported yesterday (28th June) that Chelsea are expecting to receive an official offer from Villa ‘imminently’.

Dean Smith’s side have already added Emi Buendia and Ashley Young to their ranks this summer.

They also have a genuine interest in Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe and Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse.

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Whelan claimed Villa are laying the foundations of a side capable of challenging the top six.

“£40million for Abraham would be money well spent,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“Abraham has already played and succeeded at Villa so it would not take him no time at all to settle in. He has proven that he can score goals in the Premier League.

“With the likes of Buendia and hopefully Grealish supplying him he will have a field day.

“Villa are targeting players who are of a good age. Abraham is a player who could play at the top level for four to eight years. There is no risk signing Abraham. He can cope with the demands of the Premier League and will add great competition.

“They are laying the foundations for a top side. You need a strong squad of 22 if you are going to be pushing for those top six places and European football.

“If Villa can get a deal for Abraham over the line they have a squad capable of doing that. They have a number of players now that could play in any Premier League squad.”

In other news, Mills claims Aston Villa have been handed a Grealish boost after a reveal from Fabrizio Romano.