Retired Nigerian goalkeeper, Carl Onuoha Ikeme’s former English club, Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly at the head of a long queue that is said to be in the hunt for Aston Villa striker, Tammy Abraham.
Footballive.ng reports that, though Abraham has also been touted with deals at Crystal Palace and Fulham, the lad on loan from Chelsea could be heading to Ikeme’s former club instead.
Wolves have a strong tradition with players of Nigerian descent, in a track record that has included Ola Aina, Fikayo Tomori and Dominic Iorfa Jnr, such that Abraham joining the list might not be misplaced.
Abraham has fired 16 goals during his spell at Villa this season, but the England international is expected to be recalled by Chelsea this month before moving on loan to a modest club in the English Premier League.
Abraham’s goals and form in the English Championship goals this season make him the joint-leading scorer in the second tier, such that suitors for his signature this month are not in short supply.
Abraham, who made his England debut against Germany in November 2018, has previously played in the EPL for Chelsea and Swansea City, but only managed five league goals during a loan spell with the latter.
Nonetheless, Abraham is still considered a prized asset, and Ikeme’s former club now lead the race for the 21-year-old, as they look for a striker to compete with Raul Jimenez in the final third of the field.
However, Villa manager, Dean Smith says he hopes Abraham will stay with the club and not be recalled by Chelsea.
The 21-year-old scored both goals in the 2-2 home Sky Bet Championship draw against rapidly improving QPR, after which Smith said: “Tammy has shown no inclination to go back to Chelsea.
“We are very happy with the way Tammy is developing as a player and as a person. He is very happy and you can see the connection he has the supporters, the players and staff.
“Chelsea seem very happy as he developing as a player and scoring goals in the Championship. For all three parties it is a win, win, win.
“So I would be amazed if anything happened to prevent him playing for Villa. But it is not in my control. If Chelsea decide to recall him it is up to them.
“In the conversations I’ve had with him he is enjoying himself at Villa and is developing as a player.”