By Matt Bullin
Hull City are set to rival Newcastle in the race to sign Chelsea starlet Tammy Abraham, according to a report.
A Sun report claims Chelsea are interested in sending the 19-year-old striker on loan to Hull, where Roman Abramovich’s close friend Leonid Slutsky has just been appointed manager.
It is said Newcastle had looked to complete a deal for Abraham before he travelled to Poland with the England Under-21s for the European Under-21s Championships, but they failed in their attempts.
The report states Premier League new boys Brighton and Hove Albion are also weighing up a move for the youngster.
Abraham enjoyed a prolific loan spell at Bristol City last term, scoring 26 goals in 48 league and cup games, as well as supplying four assists.
The 19-year-old has risen through the ranks at Chelsea, but he is yet to feature for the first team.
However, he has been a goal machine for their various youth outfits, which saw him bag 12 goals in 16 UEFA Youth League appearances for the club’s Under-19s side.
Football Insider verdict
Abraham would be a fine signing for any Championship or lower-end Premier League club given his goal scoring prowess. He has been prolific at every level he has played at and was one of Bristol City’s star performers last term. The Slutsky link could help boost his chances of a move to the KCOM, but it is more likely he will seek a move to the Toon or Brighton, which would give him the chance to play in the top-flight for the first time.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the club are eyeing a summer swoop for this La Liga defender.