By Derek Smithson
Newcastle are currently in negotiations with Chelsea about signing their striker Tammy Abraham on loan, according to a report.
The Sun claim that Rafael Benitez “is in talks” with the Blues to take the 19-year-old on loan to St James’ Park next season.
It is understood that the Magpies will pay a rental fee to complete the deal, plus they will also cover his £25,000 wages in full.
The report details that Brighton, Everton and Leicester are also keen on his signature, but the guarantee of regular first team football under Benitez could be appealing.
Chelsea do see the England Under-21 international as a future star, but can’t give him enough game time at Stamford Bridge next season.
Abraham has fast become one of the most exciting young English forwards after a blistering loan spell at Bristol City in the Championship.
He scored 26 goals across all competitions during his 48 appearances, showing a real striker’s instinct in the 18-yard box all season.
Benitez is expected to bolster his Newcastle squad following their promotion back to the Premier League and feel that Abraham is ready to make the step up to the top flight.
Football Insider verdict:
Newcastle certainly need extra firepower in attack to help them next season, with Dwight Gayle, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Daryl Murphy their main forward options at present. Abraham would be a brilliant addition for next season as the young striker will be desperate to prove he is good enough for the Premier League. He was superb last season and managed 26 goals at a mediocre Bristol City team. Abraham would surely remain a huge goal threat next year and could thrive off service from Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey. The Englishman really has the potential to become a future Chelsea first teamer and a season-long loan deal for Newcastle could turn out to be a brilliant bit of business.
In other Newcastle transfer news, they are planning a £4million move for a Serie A goalkeeper.