Brentford have completed a deal to sign Peterborough striker Ivan Toney for an undisclosed fee, believed to be up to £10m.
The 24-year-old was the subject of a rejected bid from Celtic earlier in the summer. However, he will officially join the Championship club on Tuesday and sign a five-year deal. The Bees have reportedly paid an initial £7.5m. The deal will rise to £10m with bonuses.
Toney was named League One Player of the Year on Thursday after scoring 24 goals in 32 league games last season.
Brentford head coach Thomas Frank told the club website: “I’d like to welcome Ivan to the club.
“We are adding a hungry, ambitious, hard-working striker to the group here. He fits what I want in a striker. He’s a goalscorer, he gets into good positions in the box. He is good playing on the last line, and will contribute to our link-up play.
“Our strikers are a big part of our pressing game, and Ivan, with his work ethic, will help us with that.
“I have been impressed with his mentality and attitude. He fits our brief of being confident but humble. He really wants to come to this club and help us achieve our aims going forward.”
Villa looking to Watkins
Brentford’s capture of Toney will only enhance speculation that he is a replacement for Ollie Watkins.
Watkins is a man in demand after an impressive season for the Bees in the Championship. His 25 league goals helped them reach the play-off final. However, they missed out on promotion after losing 2-1 to Fulham at Wembley.
That loss activated a clause in Watkins’ contract that means he is now available for £18million. And Villa will reportedly match that figure when their impending offer is lodged.
Watkins knows Dean Smith well from his time at Griffin Park and a reunion certainly makes sense.