Newcastle United are set to have first option on Chelsea duo Kenedy and Tammy Abraham as the club launch a bid to take both attackers to St James’ Park on loan next season, according to a report.

TEAMtalk claim on their website that the Magpies have already made contact with the Blues over securing temporary deals for the pair, having missed out on Abraham last summer and being impressed by Kenedy during his four-month spell on Tyneside after signing on loan in January.

The Brazilian quickly established himself as a fan favourite with his dazzling displays down the left flank, and that Newcastle now lead rivals for his signature by suggesting a loan exit rather than a permanent one.

Football Insider verdict

The capture of Kenedy for a full season would be something every Newcastle fan could get behind after deeming his stay at St James’ Park far too short in the season just gone. He brought an extra element to the Magpies’ attack and his introduction was the catalyst to a series of improved performances – and results – for the club. Snapping him up is a no-brainer, but can the same be said about a move for Abraham. The young striker was among Rafael Benitez’s top targets last summer but missed out, and it appears his loan spell at Swansea City has done nothing to dissuade the Spaniard from taking him to Tyneside. However, eight goals in 38 appearances for a side relegated from the Premier League is hardly eye-catching form, and is actually less than Ayoze Perez netted this season – a man many Newcastle fans were lambasting in the early stages of the season. If he can prove he has grown during his time at the Swans, then maybe it could work out, but he is not the proven goal scorer Newcastle desperately need.

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