Tottenham have joined Manchester United in tracking Ivan Toney, the Brentford striker who Antonio Conte reportedly feels is perfect for his system.
Spurs have made significant progress under manager Conte following his arrival around this time last year. His first job was getting the club back in the Champions League – and he duly delivered.
That subsequently allowed a summer spending spree in which Tottenham signed a host of first-team talent.
Former Everton striker Richarlison was one such arrival in a potentially club-record, £60million deal. And the Brazilian has enjoyed a solid start, scoring two goals and assisting three others.
According to Football Insider, though, Conte is looking at Brentford’s Toney as another ideal attacking signing.
The 26-year-old has scored 53 goals in 99 games for the Bees, leading them to promotion to the Premier League. And he has transitioned to the top flight impressively, netting 18 times in 44 outings.
Conte reportedly feels the ‘powerful’ and ‘mobile’ forward fits ‘perfectly’ into his plans for his Spurs team.
As a result, Tottenham enjoyed a successful scouting mission watching Toney on Saturday. Although a consolation goal, the Northampton-born star scored in Brentford’s 5-1 defeat to Newcastle.
Tottenham join Man Utd in Toney hunt
Recent reports have revealed how Man Utd are also keen on the striker. Brentford are supposedly keen to hand Toney a new contract to keep their Premier League rivals at bay.
Indeed, the player has yet to be rewarded for his Brentford efforts since he moved there from Peterborough in 2020.
Tottenham are reportedly watching the England World Cup hopeful ‘regularly’ and have scouted him on more than one occasion.
Toney earned his first Three Lions call-up for the September international break but did not make his debut.
He is hoping to continue to make his mark at Brentford and convince Gareth Southgate he can be of use in Qatar.
Brentford star’s future not clear
This is a big season for Toney as he turns 27 in March, which means he heads further towards his prime.
In Brentford’s first Premier League season, he emerged as a promising talent – but did not entertain transfer links to elsewhere.
Now that Brentford are establishing themselves in the top flight, though – because of Toney – teams are beginning to take him that bit more seriously.
And they are beginning to realise that a transfer opportunity is on the horizon.
Toney has three years left on his contract and it looks highly likely that other Premier League teams will come in for him if he carries on.
Indeed, the striker could yet make the World Cup with England and an appearance in Qatar. He would probably still be available for a decent price.
However, he must consider the amount of game time he would get at one of the Premier League’s bigger clubs than with Brentford, where he is undoubtedly the star man.