By Noel Whelan

14th Jul, 2021 | 7:00am

Ex-striker impressed as West Ham leapfrog Villa in race to sign Abraham

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham would be a “fantastic” signing for West Ham this summer, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 23-year-old has all the attributes to lead the line at the London Stadium.

As revealed by Football Insider on Saturday (July 10th), the Hammers have leapfrogged Aston Villa to lead the hunt for Abraham’s signing.

The updated situation, according to a Hammers source, is the club are closely monitoring Abraham’s situation amid signs Chelsea will sell him.

West Ham are in the market for a new centre-forward and the Chelsea man is among their top targets.

The Blues value the England international at £40million but it is expected a £30-35million initial bid would be enough to seal a deal.

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He has been somewhat frozen out at Stamford Bridge but still has two years left on his contract.

However, Whelan insisted he would be an excellent addition to David Moyes’ squad at West Ham.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “If he goes to West Ham, I’m sure he’d be a fantastic player for them.

“He has done so well for Chelsea and when he’s been out on loan Aston Villa.

He’s a player that can score goals, he can lead the line, work across that 18-yard box, bring people into play.

“He has got a great spring, he’s good in the air and on the deck and he knows where the back of the net is.

Still very, very young but with a lot of experience under his belt. Anyone that gets Tammy Abraham knows what they’re getting.

They know the energy he will bring, they know that when you get the ball into the 18-yard box, you’ve got half a chance.”

Abraham has netted 26 times in 89 Premier League appearances.

West Ham want a new striker after failing to replace Sebastien Haller in the January transfer window.

In other news, Terms agreed: West Ham finalise deal for senior arrival from Premier League giants.