Newcastle confident of signing Abraham on loan

Newcastle United are reportedly "on the verge" of snapping up Chelsea's Tammy Abraham on loan.

Manchester City have also been in touch with the 34-year-old, who has 12 months left on his current deal but is set to quit Serie A after two seasons.

Napoli are confident of keeping goalkeeper Pepe Reina, sources have told ESPN FC, with Newcastle United keen on a move.

A deal could be clinched within the next 48 hours as the Toon Army remain aware of surrounding interest on their transfer target.

Krul and De Jong both had disappointing loan spells in the Eredivisie last season and both will soon find out whether they are part of Rafa Benitez's plans for the new season.

Chelsea, who had initially planned to promote Abraham to Antonio Conte's first-team squad, trust Benitez with handling their hot prospect.

With Diego Costa's future in West London uncertain and Michy Batshuayi yet to convince in English football, Abraham could have been considered to lead the club's attack next season.

Newcastle went up as Championship winners and will hope to mount a strong return to the Premier League. Not only is it a big season for the young striker's development, Newcastle are looking to stabilise themselves in the top-flight once again. And for a loan deal, it is certainly a risk that Newcastle will have no qualms about taking.

Abraham has shown great promise at the tender age of 19, and he could well thrive for the Magpies next season.

  • Jon Douglas