Tammy Abraham is on the verge of joining Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United on a season-long loan.
Chelsea initially wanted Abraham to be promoted to their first-team squad, but owing to Benitez’s close relationship with the Blues’ technical director Michael Emenalo, Newcastle have secured a loan deal for the forward.
Leicester and Brighton were keen to sign the 19-year-old, who scored 26 goals on loan at Bristol City last season.
Chelsea don’t want to lose the England Under 21 international permanently, but recognise a season of starting in the Premier League is necessary for his development. The deal is expected to be tied up this weekend.
It will be a significant coup for Benitez, who needs to rebuild the squad which won the Championship to make it competitive in the Premier League. The Spanish manager went to St George’s Park on his wedding anniversary to convince Abraham to move.
Although owner Mike Ashley has promised transfer funds, there will still be limits on spending so bringing him a player for a limited fee and the cost of his wages means that Newcastle’s summer recruitment is started well.