Latest reports suggest Chelsea starlet Tammy Abraham has been identified by Newcastle United as the man to help revamp their attack next season.
TeamTalk claim the 20-year-old striker is one of those wanted by the club during the upcoming transfer window. I
t would be the second consecutive summer where the Magpies have tried to snap up the England Under-21 international, who last year rejected a move to Tyneside to instead join Swansea City, where he scored eight times before the south Wales side were relegated to the Championship.
Some Newcastle supporters have already shared their dismay over the prospect of returning for a player who has turned them down once. But it is the similarities with one of their current crop that should be the biggest factor in deciding to look elsewhere.
Like Abraham, Dwight Gayle found prolific form in the Championship, hitting 23 goals during his side's promotion-winning season. This term, that haul fell to six, still good enough to be Newcastle's second top scorer behind Ayoze Perez.
Abraham has followed a similar trajectory over the past two years, also netting 23 times during his outstanding campaign with Bristol City before stepping up a level.
Similar returns in front of goal might be borne out of their similarities in style; both hard-working, willing and able to run the channels and provide an eager outlet when their teammates are on the back foot, but ultimately lacking the potency in front of goal to lead a Premier League attack.
While Abraham certainly has time on his side, Newcastle may be best served pursuing an option capable of delivering a more immediate impact.