Tony Cascarino believes West Ham United should launch a summer bid for Tammy Abraham as the Chelsea striker faces an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge, speaking to talkSPORT (7 April, 8.40am).
The Hammers, it appears, are already fully aware of Abraham’s potential availability.
While Marcos Alonso, N’Golo Kante and even Emerson Palmieri have been rejuvenated by Chelsea’s decision to dispense with Frank Lampard a few months ago, an England international striker is finding game time harder than ever to come by.
So far, Abraham has started just two Premier League games in the early Thomas Tuchel era – and he was subbed off at half-time in both.
With the European Championships just a few months away, that’s a far from ideal situation.
As a result, The Athletic reports Abraham is giving serious consideration to a move away from Stamford Bridge, reluctant as he is to extend a contract that expires in 2023.
It’s no secret West Ham are in the market for a new number nine and, if Tuchel is unwilling to give the former Aston Villa loanee a run of games, don’t be surprised if David Moyes comes calling (Telegraph).
“I think there will be a lot of changes at Chelsea this summer,” says Cascarino, a Blues forward between 1992 and 1994.
“If I was a club like, say, West Ham, I’d be going after Tammy without a doubt. I think there will be a number of clubs who will try to get him.”
Whether Abraham is the right man for this high-flying Hammers side is anyone’s guess.
Stylistically speaking, the rangy 6ft 3in centre-forward shares more in common with Sebastien Haller than he does with Michail Antonio.
And it must be said West Ham have produced their best performances this season with a versatile, hard-running frontman leading the line rather than a classic number nine.