Newcastle United enter race to sign in-form English striker

Newcastle United are reportedly prepared to compete with Crystal Palace for the signature of Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham when the transfer window reopens next month.

The England international is currently on a season-long loan with Aston Villa in the Championship but the Blues are widely being fancied to trigger a recall clause before cashing in on his services during the winter transfer window.

According to The Northern Echo, the Magpies are planning to revive their long-term interest in Abraham, who has been in sublime form for the Villains this term with 12 goals from 16 league matches.

It is added that Palace are already prepared to make an offer worth £10m for the marksman but the Magpies could offer competition by lodging a bid of their own during the forthcoming transfer window.

Abraham had initially been on the Magpies radar after their promotion from the Championship last term and the club were close to securing a loan move before Swansea City hijacked the deal with a better financial package.

Abraham thereafter did not experience the best of campaigns with the Swans with just five goals from 31 league matches and the season eventually ended in disappointment with the Welsh outfit being demoted to the second tier.

With the current season, Abraham has opted for a drop to the Championship where he has excelled with the Villains but the Blues may not permit him to stay put for the season amid their plans to recoup transfer funds for a probable purchase.

Meanwhile, Rafael Benitez’s side have already recruited Kenedy and Salomon Rondon on loan from Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion respectively this season and they are not permitted to recruit another temporary signing, unless one of the pair is released.

Should this not be the case, the Tynesiders would have to part with a transfer fee to recruit Abraham and that remains a topic of discussion, given owner Mike Ashley’s repeated reluctance to free up funds for Benitez to bolster his squad.

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