Southampton have reportedly made an enquiry into the availability of Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham, following Danny Ings’ sudden move to Aston Villa.
Abraham is expected to leave Chelsea this summer after failing to convince head coach Thomas Tuchel, a host of Premier League clubs having been linked with the signing of the out-of-favour forward.
Southampton are now understood to have expressed an interest in signing Abraham, though talkSport are reporting that the Saints have proposed a loan deal, despite Chelsea seeking a permanent buyer.
Arsenal and West Ham have also been linked with the England international, whilst Aston Villa were also credited with interest before their £25m capture of Ings from Southampton on Wednesday.
Ings had entered the final year of his contract with the Saints and the club chose to accept Villa’s offer, rather than run the risk of losing the forward on a free transfer next summer.
Chelsea’s £40m asking price for Abraham has so far put off potential suitors and the west London side may need to lower their valuation if they are to secure the sale of the academy graduate before the transfer window’s closure next month.
The 23-year-old featured for just 140 minutes in the Premier League following Tuchel’s appointment in January, whilst he was left out of the Chelsea squad for their Champions League final win over Manchester City.
Abraham scored 12 goals in just 18 starting appearances for Chelsea las season and has finished as the club’s leading scorer in all competitions in each of the past two campaigns.