West Ham backed to strike cut-price Abraham deal as new Chelsea asking price revealed
Noel Whelan has claimed it would be “very good business” for Chelsea to sell Tammy Abraham to West Ham or Aston Villa for £30million.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the multi-million fee would be a fair price for the 23-year-old.
As revealed by Football Insider (July 10th), Chelsea could accept as little as an initial £30m for Abraham after previously setting a £40m price tag.
It is understood West Ham have leapfrogged Aston Villa in the race to sign the England hitman.
Villans boss Dean Smith is not convinced about Abraham’s finishing, which has opened the door for David Moyes’ men to lead the hunt.
Whelan suggested a £30million fee would be a fair deal for all parties.
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However, he did raise the potential caveat of Abraham’s wages.
“I would say that’s about right,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“He’s done very well in the Premier League, he’s done very well in the Championship and he’s played international football.
“I think £30million for a player that’s not been a regular in the squad and has played a bit-part. It’s still very good business for Chelsea.
“They must know the capabilities of that player or they wouldn’t be putting him up for £30-40million. I think when you’re getting a player with that ability at that age, £30million is not extortionate to any club.
“Still very good money for a very, very good young, talented player there.
“When you look across the whole board in the Premier League, they would love to have a Tammy Abraham.
“Some clubs just can’t afford the wages.”