Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, who has recently struggled for game time under Thomas Tuchel, has emerged as a top transfer target for West Ham United.
According to Ex WHU Employee on Twitter, Chelsea star Tammy Abraham is attracting serious interest from fellow London rivals West Ham United ahead of the summer transfer window.
Abraham came through the youth ranks but has had to bide his team to make it at the first-team level. After successful loan spells away at Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa, the centre-forward got his big a breakthrough at Stamford Bridge last season. With Chelsea having been hit with a transfer ban, Abraham made the most of his chances, establishing himself as the first-choice striker, although he did lose his place to Olivier Giroud in the latter parts of the campaign.
This summer saw Chelsea invest heavily in their attack with the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz arriving at the club. Plus with Giroud also doing well, chances have been hard to come by for Abraham. Even then, he has managed to produce a tally of 12 goals and 6 assists from 30 games in all competitions.
But things have gotten worse for the England international under Thomas Tuchel. Indeed, under the German tactician, Abraham has featured just five times so far, although he did spend time out with an injury. Nevertheless, murmurs surrounding his future have been doing the rounds for a while now, especially with Chelsea eyeing a move for either Erling Haaland or Romelu Lukaku in the upcoming transfer window.
This could put Abraham further down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge. And, it seems like West Ham United are ready to pounce should things go in that direction for the 23-year-old. The Hammers sold Sebastian Haller in the January transfer window but did not bring in a replacement for the Frenchman, leaving them with just Michail Antonio as the only option at centre-forward.
So, a move for someone like Abraham could make sense for David Moyes & co. especially considering that they could very well be able to European football next season. At the same time, they may have to stave off interest from Premier League club Aston Villa, who are also said to be interested in Abraham ahead of the summer transfer window.
It remains to be seen if West Ham act upon their interest in the England centre-forward at the end of the season and if they do, it will certainly be interesting to see if Chelsea are willing to let him join a direct rival.