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'I'm astonished': Chairman stunned Liverpool and Spurs didn't try to sign £34m star this summer

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Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has admitted on the Hard Truth podcast that he is astonished that Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool didn’t try and sign Tammy Abraham.


Abraham left Chelsea to join Roma for £34 million this summer, and there wasn’t too much of a fight from English clubs to sign him.

Abraham has already started encouragingly at Roma – after scoring setting up two goals on debut.

But MacAnthony was surprised that Tottenham and Liverpool did not at least try to rival Jose Mourinho for the striker.

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“I think £34 million is ridiculously good value. I’m astonished that other teams – Tottenham and Liverpool – teams like that wouldn’t go in for him,” he said.

“Spending that is like money in the bank because you’re getting a target man, you’re getting a young English player, you’re getting strength, pace, availability and goals. He’s got everything.

“I’m amazed Aston Villa, I know they got ings, but they had him before.

“But I am shocked that Liverpool and Tottenham weren’t at the races for that one.

“They knew, everyone knew that Chelsea had to lose a striker to bring Lukaku back.”

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Tottenham have other options

Abraham was actually linked with Tottenham, who are on the hunt for a new number nine, but they never really pushed for the transfer.

Spurs instead seem to have made Lautaro Martinez and Dusan Vlahovic their top striking targets, although pulling off a move for both has proven difficult.

Abraham does have more Premier League experience than either of the pair, but it is questionable whether he would have taken a move to one of Chelsea’s biggest rivals.

What about Liverpool?

Liverpool, who MacAnthony supporters, meanwhile, could certainly benefit from having another number nine in their squad.

Roberto Firmino did not make it into double figures for goals last term, and his importance to Jurgen Klopp’s side does seem to have diminished over the past year.

Liverpool do have the option of using Diogo Jota up front, but he isn’t the most natural of goalscorers.

And it would not be a shock if Liverpool did make moves to sign a new striker in the final days of the transfer window, after being relatively quiet in the market to date.

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