By Noel Whelan

13th Jul, 2021 | 7:00pm

Tottenham backed to launch Tammy Abraham bid after price drops £10m - pundit

Noel Whelan has suggested Tottenham could rival West Ham and Aston Villa in the race to sign Tammy Abraham from Chelsea.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed Spurs may consider the 23-year-old as a potential replacement for Harry Kane.

A recruitment source told Football Insider on Saturday (July 10th), West Ham have leapfrogged Aston Villa and now lead the charge to sign Abraham.

Chelsea had valued Abraham at around £40million but it is expected an initial £30-35million bid could now seal the deal.

Whelan admitted he was “very surprised” the striker has not been given more of a chance at Stamford Bridge.

However, he suggested Spurs could join the hunt should Kane continue to push for the exit.

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“Very surprised that Chelsea haven’t used him,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“They’ve got such a big squad there even top players like Tammy Abraham can’t push their way into the reckoning.

“That always sets up the alarm bells for other teams to test the water. You’re looking at a player that’s surplus to requirements at a massive football club.

“Tottenham need to replace Harry Kane at some point. They need to start building for the future.

“Maybe he would be a great fit as well for Tottenham, if they ever wanted to enter the race for Tammy. It’s not far for him to travel to either club, is it?

“He’s a player I’m sure has got admiration from many, many managers like Nuno and chairmen at football clubs.

“If the money’s right and the wages are right, he could enhance their squads.”

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