Tammy Abraham is being ‘doubted and excluded’ at Chelsea and West Ham United are interested in signing him this summer.
That’s according to respected Stratford-based Telegraph journalist Matt Law, who has close ties at Chelsea.
Earlier this week The Daily Star claimed Chelsea striker Abraham was one of West Ham’s prime striker targets this summer.
West Ham linked with Chelsea striker Abraham
Reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee then confirmed England forward Abraham was on David Moyes’s shortlist, along with four other forwards.
Now Telegraph football journalist Law has claimed Abraham – who is at a contract impasse with Chelsea with his current deal expiring in 2023 – looks likely to leave Stamford Bridge.
Law has written an in-depth piece on Abraham’s situation at Chelsea, revealing he is being ‘doubted and excluded’ by new boss Thomas Tuchel.
And Law says in his report West Ham ‘will certainly be interested’ come the summer.
Respected Telegraph journalist confirms West Ham interest in ‘doubted and excluded’ striker
The only problem for West Ham is that plenty of other clubs look set to be in for Abraham too, if the 23-year-old is made available.
“Chelsea are facing interest from Premier League and European rivals in top scorer Tammy Abraham with the club yet to open negotiations with him over a new contract,” The Telegraph report states.
“Abraham’s recent treatment by head coach Thomas Tuchel, together with Chelsea’s interest in Erling Haaland, will only encourage clubs that the 23 year-old might be lured away from Stamford Bridge during the summer…
“Outside the traditional big clubs, West Ham United, who would certainly be interested in Abraham, Leicester City and Brighton are all looking at strikers…
“It remains to be seen whether or not Chelsea respond to the outside interest in Abraham in a similar way or whether or not they countenance a sale. Tuchel’s handling of him so far would suggest the German is currently unsure of Abraham’s ability, despite the fact he is Chelsea’s top scorer and was also their main source of goals last season.
“While many of the country’s top managers have had to make difficult decisions regarding their matchday squads, it is hard to recall another instance of a club’s leading scorer being completely excluded.”
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According to ExWHUemployee Abraham is one of five strikers the Scot is keeping tabs on.
Ex also states that West Ham could use Abraham’s friendship with Declan Rice to their advantage.
West Ham and Chelsea have done some high profile business over the years. Frank Lampard is the most notable.
Glen Johnson became the first signing of the Abramovich era when the Russian’s money funded a £6m move from relegated West Ham.
And fellow Hammer Joe Cole joined him in a paltry £6.6m move.
John Terry left West Ham at 14 to join Chelsea. And Hammers hero Declan Rice went the other way at the same age after being released.
The last striker West Ham signed from Chelsea, Carlton Cole, went on to have a memorable Hammers career.