Arsenal have been linked with a surprise move to sign Tammy Abraham from London rivals Chelsea, in a deal that could reach £40million.
However, a former Gunners star has told talkSPORT the 23-year-old Englishman is NOT a top Premier League striker, is not worth that much money, and would be a better fit for West Ham.
It is widely reported Chelsea are keen to offload Abraham this summer, with the striker clearly not favoured by Thomas Tuchel… despite being the club’s joint top scorer last season.
Abraham ended the campaign with 12 goals, the same tally as Timo Werner, despite playing around half the number of games as the Germany striker.
He has been linked with plenty of moves, including Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund, as a possible makeweight in a deal for Erling Haaland, while reports have claimed Chelsea are planning to offer him to West Ham in a deal that could see Declan Rice return to Stamford Bridge.
But according to The Sun, Arsenal have emerged the favourites for his signature, with the Gunners reportedly close to agreeing an initial loan deal for Abraham, with the obligation to make the deal permanent next summer for £40million.
Former Chelsea and West Ham striker Carlton Cole is among those to have urged Abraham to put his career first and leave Stamford Bridge – just as he did – and join the Hammers.
And ex-Arsenal star Perry Groves didn’t appear that enthusiastic about the reports linking the striker to the Emirates, saying instead that he’d be a great fit at the London Stadium.
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Asked if he’s good enough to lead the line at a big Premier League club, the ex-Gunner said on Drivetime: “No, I don’t think he is.
“I don’t think he’s that level because he misses too many chances. He’s not calm enough in his finishing.
“He had a brilliant season under Frank Lampard where he got 15 goals in 34 appearances, but Chelsea were creating loads of chances and he was still missing lots of them.
“His general play improved under Lampard, to be fair, but that’s an add-on. You don’t get judged on your general play, your hold-up play, as a striker you get judged on your finishing.
“If you’re playing for Chelsea, and we’ve seen Werner miss loads of chances this season, Kai Havertz too, but if you’re playing for the top four clubs you’re going to get two or three expected goals in every game, and you’ve got to be taking at least one of those.
“I don’t think he’s quite at that level.
“He had two brilliant seasons in the Championship with Aston Villa and Bristol City, but I think he’s still got quite a bit to prove.
“If I was him, he needs to go and play now, he needs to play first-team football.
“Thomas Tuchel doesn’t fancy him at all, sometimes last season he wasn’t even in the squad, he wasn’t even on the bench.
“So he needs to go and play and he could suit West Ham… depending on how much it’s going to cost.
“He’s Chelsea’s top scorer, English, young, I think he’s probably worth around £30m. I think a fee like £45m would be too much.
“I think a move to West Ham would be a good fit for him. He’s not a top-four Premier League striker.”