West Ham are set to make a move to sign Tammy Abraham on loan, with the Chelsea forward’s £40m valuation reportedly out of reach for several interested sides.
Abraham is expected to ‘push’ for an exit during the summer after finding himself on the fringes under Thomas Tuchel, with the star having struggled to secure regular opportunities and Chelsea understood to be interested in signing a new centre-forward at the end of the season.
The 23-year-old has started just two league fixtures since Tuchel’s arrival in January and was withdrawn at half-time on both occasions, his appearances having been restricted to late cameos in a frustrating period.
Several clubs have been monitoring the England international’s situation ahead of a potential move, with Leicester, Aston Villa and Newcastle all linked alongside West Ham.
According to The Athletic, West Ham are hopeful that none of those sides will be able to match Chelsea’s £40m valuation of the player and will launch a move to sign the star on an initial loan deal.
David Moyes publicly ruled the Hammers out of the race last week given the reported fee involved, but a loan deal would allow West Ham to secure his signing with the club in desperate need of attacking reinforcements.
Abraham is Chelsea’s leading scorer this season with 12 goals in all competitions and would bolster a West Ham squad short of centre-forwards, with Michail Antonio currently the only senior option at the London Stadium.
There appears a slim chance of Chelsea sanctioning a loan given Abraham’s contract situation however, the forward having just two years remaining on his current deal with the out-of-favour star unlikely to sign an extension at Stamford Bridge.