Rafael Benitez says Tammy Abraham could have joined Newcastle

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Burnley and Newcastle United at Turf Moor on October 30, 2017 in Burnley, England.

Would Chelsea-owned Swansea City striker Tammy Abraham have been a good signing for Newcastle United in the summer transfer window?

Rafael Benitez, the Newcastle United manager looks on during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United at John Smith's Stadium on August 20, 2017 in...

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has revealed to The Chronicle that Tammy Abraham could have been playing for his team.

Abraham joined Swansea City on a season-long loan deal from Premier League rivals Chelsea in the summer transfer window.

The 20-year-old striker is one of the best and most promising young players in England.

The former England Under-21 international has scored four goals and provided one assist in nine Premier League starts for Swansea so far this season.

During the 2016-17 campaign, the youngster scored 23 goals and provided three assists in 40 Championship starts for Bristol City.

Tammy Abraham of Swansea City looks frustrated during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Swansea City at Emirates Stadium on October 28, 2017 in London, England.

Newcastle manager Benitez has revealed that the Magpies look at signing Abraham in the summer transfer window.

“We knew that he was a player with potential and could go with the national team now or in the future,” Benitez told The Chronicle about Abraham. “He was with the Under-21s.

“Yes [he could have been here], but he’s not here. We have to be sure we improve our players.”

David Buchanan of Northampton Town is fouled by Alex Gilliead of Bradford City during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Bradford City at Sixfields on September 23,...

Meanwhile, Bradford City manager Stuart McCall has stated that he wants to extend Alex Gilliead’s loan deal until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old, who can operate as a forward or as a winger, is currently on loan at League One club Bradford from Newcastle until January.

"It is something we would look to do with Gilly,” McCall told The Telegraph & Argus about extending Gilliead’s stay at Bradford. “He's become an important part of the team.”

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch