Aston Villa have joined the race for Chelsea’s Nigerian-born attacker, Tammy Abraham, less than 24 hours after Crystal Palace also entered the hunt.
Abraham will now have to decide between staying in London and the English Premier League with Palace, or take a step out of the British capital and into the lower division with Villa, who appear equally keen on snatching him in a loan deal from The Blues.
However, sources close to the England under-21 international, who has two senior caps with the Three Lions, say he would prefer to stay in the Premier League after playing on loan for Swansea City last season.
Abraham scored five goals in 31 league matches for the Swans as he was unable to prevent their relegation from the Premier League.
Four of those goals were scored in the opening eight matches, form which earned him a call-up for the senior England team for friendlies against Germany and Brazil.
Abraham started against Germany, playing an hour, and came on for 15 minutes against Brazil, but was unable to score.