Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock blames transfer deadline on Tammy Abraham miss

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The 20-year-old striker was courted by Warnock's side but a delay in the decision of his future saw him drop a division below

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock has reflected on their disappointing futile chase of Chelsea starlet Tammy Abraham whom he believes ended up at Aston Villa because of the early Premier League transfer window closure.

Abraham, after sealing a season-long loan move to Villa, admitted to have snubbed 'a lot of teams' having been assured of regular playing time at Stamford Bridge.

But the 20-year-old was not involved in any of the opening games under Maurizio Sarri and had to seek other options.

And with the Premier League transfer deadline already closed, Warnock's plan was flawed and a move to the Championship was the most feasible for the young striker.

"I wanted Tammy Abraham from day one. I spoke to Eddie Newton about it, but he ended up at Aston Villa", Warnock told Standard Sport.

"I was really disappointed they didn’t even come back to me. I thought I at least deserved a phone call saying ‘sorry Neil, he’s not joining’.

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"It might have been because our deadline was three weeks before the Championship’s.

"Perhaps they weren’t sure at the time and then he ends up leaving at the end of the month, when only a move to a Championship club is possible."

On Saturday, Abraham will hope to make his Aston Villa debut against Blackburn Rovers in a Championship game while Warnock's side face his parent club, Chelsea in the top-flight.