Report: Aston Villa face battle to keep Tammy Abraham with Crystal Palace watching on

New signing Tammy Abraham of Aston Villa poses for a picture at the club's training ground at Bodymoor Heath on August 31, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Crystal Palace have been linked with Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham.

New signing Tammy Abraham of Aston Villa poses for a picture at the club's training ground at Bodymoor Heath on August 31, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

According to a report in the Telegraph, Crystal Palace are monitoring Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham with Aston Villa keen on extending his current loan deal at Villa Park. The report claims Villa are in talks with the Blues as they look to keep Abraham until the end of the season.

 Abraham has been in excellent form for Aston Villa in recent weeks under manager Dean Smith, scoring eight goals in his last six league outings - which takes his season tally to 12 in 16 games.

 

The England U21 international striker is playing a crucial role in Villa’s surge up the Championship table, and the Midlands side will be desperate to hold onto Abraham, with Jonathan Kodjia struggling to provide adequate backup - scoring just five goals.

But Abraham’s impressive form in the Championship appears not to have gone unnoticed, with Crystal Palace said to be monitoring his situation as they look to bolster their own goal threat in the January transfer window.

The Eagles have relied too heavily on Wilfried Zaha for both goals and creativity, but with only three goals to his name this season it’s no wonder manager Roy Hodgson is thought to be looking at options.

Tammy Abraham of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match at Villa Park on September 18, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Palace may have claimed all three points against Leicester City on Saturday, but a run of just nine points from their last 12 Premier League matches has seen the south London side slip to 15th in the table.

With Zaha scoring just three goals and Christian Benteke struggling for fitness, Palace must strengthen their attack in January and Abraham could be a sound option if he becomes available.

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace gives instruction to Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion at Selhurst...

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