Tammy Abraham has reportedly snubbed talks with Chelsea over a new long-term contract at Stamford Bridge.
After spending last season on loan with Aston Villa, Abraham returned to Chelsea, with Frank Lampard using him as his first choice striker.
However, in recent weeks he has fallen down the pecking order, with Lampard instead using Olivier Giroud.
Since the Premier League restart, he has started just two games and with Timo Werner’s imminent arrival, his opportunities could become even more scarce.
Wolves were extensively linked with the Chelsea striker back in January 2019, with Abraham claiming a move was close, although he ultimately remained with Villa.
Speaking last season, he said: “I had that situation in January when it looked like I was going to Wolves but the coach (Smith) spoke to me. He said: ‘Stay here, we believe in you, the fans believe in you and we’ll get promoted.’ I’m glad I did.
“I’d like to think it (the move) was close. There were certain situations with the FA, something about playing for three teams in one year. Like I said, I don’t take it back. I loved being here, it’s a massive club and it’s an honour to wear the badge.”
And transfer expert Ian McGarry has now claimed that the 22-year-old is reluctant to sign a new deal, until he holds talks with Lampard.
“Tammy Abraham, Chelsea’s England striker, has turned down the opportunity. interestingly, of talks to extend his contract,” McGarry told Reach’s Transfer Window podcast.
“The striker seems to be in no hurry to get a pay rise unusually, given that he is relatively lowly-paid regarding other players in the team.
“This is because he activated, by appearances and goals, an extra year on his current five-year deal just in the last seven days but since the restart has not featured as the first-choice for Frank Lampard, and with the signing of Timo Werner, he’s unsure exactly of his game time and indeed his position in the pecking order at Chelsea next season.
“Abraham wants to see first of all where he stands, after all he started the season as the undisputed No 1 choice to play up front but that has changed in the last few weeks.”
Abraham scored a hat-trick against Wolves as Chelsea ran out 5-2 winners at Molineux in September, three of his 16 goals in all competitions.