Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has opened talks with Chelsea over the possible loan signing of Tammy Abraham this summer but face competition from Leicester City, according to The Sun.

The Geordies won the Championship at the first time of asking in 2016-17 and are looking to strengthen their playing group ahead of a return to the Premier League.

Newcastle have been reliant on Dwight Gayle’s goals at times over the last nine months and as such at least one new attacking recruit is expected at St James’ Park.

Abraham lit up the Championship this term while on loan at Bristol City, scoring 26 goals in a memorable campaign.

As such, with first-team football at Chelsea highly unlikely, talk of the youngster joining another Premier League side on loan has been heavily circulated of late.

Newcastle are seemingly keen enough to land the striker that Benitez is willing to pay his £25,000 per week wages in full, as well as offered a fee to the English champions.

However, Abraham is set to be in demand this summer and the report suggests Leicester are also in the running to land the starlet.

The King Power Stadium are expected to spend this summer after an underwhelming Premier League title defence and doubts remain over Islam Slimani’s future at the club.

The side offering the most-regular football will surely be of most appeal to Abraham and Chelsea, with Benitez needing to give assurances if Newcastle are to beat Leicester to his signature.


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