Doubts have been cast over reports Newcastle United might look to re-sign red-hot striker Ivan Toney during the summer transfer window.
Toney, 24, was on the Magpies’ books between 2015 and 2018 but barely kicked a ball for the club. Having joined from Northampton Town in August 2015 he made two brief substitute appearances in the league.
The forward also played twice in the EFL Cup before enjoying a nomadic existence for a few years. He was loaned to Barnsley, Shrewsbury Town, Scunthorpe and Wigan before signing permanent terms with Peterborough United in August 2018.
Throughout his brief spells around the country, Toney continued to score goals. But it was with The Posh that he finally showed his prowess in front of goal.
The Northampton-born ace bagged 23 goals in his first season at London Road before hitting 26 in 2019-2020. Unsurprisingly, clubs took note and he moved to Brentford last summer for £5m, with another £5m in add-ons.
It looks to be money well spent for the Bees as Toney has notched 24 Championship goals to date. Despite a recent blip, the west Londoners sit second in the table, with the striker playing a big part.
It remains to be seen if Brentford can reach the Premier League for the first time. But, even if they come up short, Toney might be there next term.
Leicester City have been linked with a summer swoop as they seek a long-term replacement for Jamie Vardy. And now Newcastle are said to have joined the race, with West Ham also mentioned as a possible suitor.
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Newcastle sold Toney to Peterborough for a fee in the region of £650,000. They would need to fork out around £25m to bring him back to St James’ Park.
That would be an embarrassment to a club that failed to give him any opportunities while he was contracted. Journalist Chris Waugh, writing in the Athletic, feels it is a non-starter due to the finances involved.
“I see there have been some rather bizarre links with Ivan Toney and the suggestion #NUFC are interested in re-signing the Brentford striker,” he wrote.
“In terms of form, you’d like to think there would be some interest there, but Mike Ashley’s #NUFC are not going to pay £20m-plus for someone they sold for £650,000 a few years ago.”
A move to the King Power Stadium or East London sees more likely, with both clubs moving in the right direction. He is untested at the top level but clearly has an eye for goal.
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