Aston Villa’s Nigerian-born striker, Tammy Abraham moved close to a deal with Wolverhampton Wanderers, as his parent club, Chelsea opted to call him out of action for the English Championship club.
Footballlive.ng learnt that Abraham was on course for another outing with Villa on Saturday, only for Chelsea to pull the plug on the arrangement, as they felt it was time to prepare him for a move to Wolves.
Consequently, The Blues ensured that Abraham was not available for selection by Villa in their clash with Swansea City in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday.
This followed reports of a permanent switch to Wolves in the January transfer market, but Villa boss, Dean Smith insisted that Abraham was left out of the match due to terms of his loan from Chelsea, not because of speculation over his future.
With 16 goals to his name, the 21-year-old Abraham, who spent last season on loan at Swansea, scoring 8 goals from 39 appearances in all competitions, is currently joint leading goals scorer in England’s top four divisions.
Chelsea can recall Abraham from his loan spell with Villa if they employ an option in the first two weeks of the January transfer window, but Smith chose not to dwell on talk about Abraham’s likely exit from Villa Park this month.
Smith, however, admitted that Chelsea played a role in stopping Abraham from playing on Saturday, as he expatiated: ”He is not going to feature (because) we never got permission off Chelsea for him to play.”