WOLVES FINALISE LOAN DEAL FOR CHELSEA STRIKER

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Wolves have finalised a deal with Chelsea to take Tammy Abraham on loan until the end of the season, according to the Express and Star.

Abraham is currently on loan at Aston Villa and has scored 16 goals in just 20 appearances for the Championship club.

Wolves want Abraham to end his loan spell at the Championship club and help them secure a top-half finish in the Premier League while also taking the load off Raul Jimenez, who is the only out-and-out striker to play for them in the last two months with Leo Bonatini out of favour.

Abraham is now expected to make a decision today whether he would continue on loan at Aston Villa or join Wolves on loan this January.

It is also understood that the arrangement Wolves have with Chelsea does not include an option to buy Abraham in the summer.

There were suggestions the 21-year-old striker would not be able to join Wolves as he has already played for Chelsea and Aston Villa this season, but according to the Express and Star, Wolves expect there to be no issues with FIFA and the FA ratifying the move – should Abraham decide to end his Villa spell.

FIFA rules prevent players from appearing for three clubs in a season. Abraham played for Chelsea in the Community Shield and at U23 level earlier this season while also playing on loan at Aston Villa.

It is however expected that will not prevent him from joining Wolves on loan as the games for Chelsea can’t be classed as official games by FIFA.

Tammy Abraham earns around £55,000 weekly and Wolves are expected to pay most of his wages.

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has urged the 21-year-old striker to remain at Aston Villa.

“You can see why they would be interested,” Smith told BBC.

“There’s an awful lot of speculation out there. Obviously clubs in the Premier League are looking at players who are scoring goals in the Championship.

“But Tammy’s currency is goals and I can only say what I’ve already said to him that, unless they’re a team in the top six, there’s not many Premier League sides creating loads of chances.

“There’s never any guarantee that you’re going to score goals anywhere you go. But, at Aston Villa, there’s a guarantee of chances. And, at the moment, he’s taking the majority of them.”

Aston Villa are the Championship’s second top scorers, having hit 49 in 26 games, bettered only by their neighbours West Bromwich Alboin, who have 54.

“If he stays here, he could get 30 goals,” added Smith. “Then he could get himself a top six Premier League side for next season, unless Chelsea want to stick him in their first team now.”

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo remains tightlipped on speculation linking his club with Tammy Abraham.

“The objective is always the same,” Espirito said. “If someone comes and brings something we don’t have, there are players we know who can help us.

“That’s the only view we have on the transfer window. We are looking for opportunities. If there is an opportunity we have to believe it’s someone who can truly help us.”

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