Paper Talk: Arsenal eye goal-hungry striker ready to complete remarkable rise

Date published: Saturday 16th January 2021 8:53 - James Marshment

Arsenal are considering a surprise swoop for a prolific Championship striker, while Manchester United are prepared to battle Chelsea to sign a sign a £65m England midfielder, according to Saturday’s transfer gossip.


Ivan Toney has attracted admirers at Arsenal, who are now considering a bid for the Brentford frontman.

That’s according to the Daily Express, who claim the free-scoring 24-year-old has dazzled Gunners scouts this season.

Toney only moved to Brentford this summer in an initial £5m switch from Peterborough. And he’s smashed in 16 goals during a brilliant season so far for Thomas Frank’s side.

The Bees are well placed to push for promotion once again though their hopes could be derailed should the Gunners move for the former Newcastle man.

Toney made his name with hometown club Northampton, playing in League Two as recently as 2015. Toney then played for the Magpies, though never made the grade at St James’ Park.

After a plethora of loans, he then signed for the Posh, where his career truly took off.

Then followed a move to the Bees and he’s repaid their faith with 16 goals in 22 Championship appearances.

Toney signed as Ollie Watkins’ replacement, though it seems his time in west London could be brief.

The Express claims Mikel Arteta’s side are growing increasingly keen and see Toney as a replacement for Alexandre Lacazette.

The Frenchman has just 18 months left on his deal. Lacazette will likely leave this month or in the summer if a suitable offer comes in. And if that happens, the report claims Toney is next in line.


Manchester United are ready to rival Chelsea for £65m-rated West Ham midfielder Declan Rice with a move planned this summer. (ESPN)

Barcelona are considering an €11m offer for Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot. (The Independent)

Chelsea will fight to keep Olivier Giroud after talks with Juventus stalled. (The Sun)

Arsenal are reportedly ready to terminate Mesut Ozil’s contract with the club. (The Sun)

Everton are closing in on a loan deal for Bayern Munich striker Joshua Zirkzee, according to reports. (The Sun)

USA forward Jordan Morris is likely to join Swansea in one of the biggest transfer coups of the January window. (Daily Telegraph)


Folarin Balogun

The race to sign Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun has narrowed down to three serious contenders. The trio all hope to secure the 19-year-old on a pre-contract agreement this month. (The Guardian)

AC Milan want an option to buy Fikayo Tomori if they sign the Chelsea centre-back on loan. (The Guardian)

Danny Drinkwater has arrived in Istanbul ahead of his loan move to Kasimpasa. (Daily Mail)

Jose Mourinho’s sparing use of Gareth Bale has taken several Tottenham players by ‘surprise’. (Daily Mail)

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Gareth Bale

Bale could be set for a return to Real Madrid as Tottenham are ‘not considering’ a second loan move for the forward. (Daily Mail)

Alexandre Lacazette could end up leaving Arsenal due to his relationship with Mikel Arteta. (Daily Star)

Celtic have reportedly lowered their asking price for in-demand striker Odsonne Edouard. The reduced fee could tempt Arsenal into launching an offer. (Daily Star)

Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Barcelona goalkeeper Neto though he wants guarantees he won’t be condemned to the bench. (Daily Express)

Former midfielder Derek Ferguson believes Rangers pursuit of Aberdeen ace Scott Wright could signal Leeds are reviving interest in Ryan Kent. (Daily Record)


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