Everton are among a ‘host of clubs’ readying an offer for Brentford striker Ivan Toney, according to The Athletic journalist Adam Leventhal.
The Blues are tipped to launch a move ‘once the striker’s season has ended’. The Bees are set for the Championship play-offs, with third place secured ahead of their final day trip to Bristol City this weekend.
The play-off semi-finals will be completed by 22 May and and the Wembley showpiece is pencilled in for Saturday 29th.
Why is there so much interest in Brentford striker Toney?
The 25-year-old is top scorer in the Championship with 30 goals in 44 appearances, four clear of his nearest challenger, Norwich City’s Teemu Pukki.
He has averaged a goal every 127 minutes for the Bees and only two players in England’s top four divisions – Peterborough’s Jonson Clarke-Harris and Cambridge United’s Paul Mullin – have outscored him.
Brentford manager Thomas Frank hailed Toney as ‘a special, special player’ after he netted his 20th goal of the campaign in early February.
Transfer Tavern verdict
For Everton to persuade Toney to join the Toffees, they would have to guarantee him consistent Premier League football, and that would mean committing to playing two up top given that Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s place is more than secure given his goal record this season. Leicester may be better-placed in that regard.
His record is outstanding, and suitors will be encouraged by the success of Toney’s predecessor Ollie Watkins in his first season in the top flight. He has scored 13 league goals for Aston Villa this term, and you’d think Toney would be aspiring for similar numbers.
If Brentford earn promotion, they stand a good chance of keeping him. If not, he’s going to make someone’s Premier League squad considerably better – hopefully it will be Carlo Ancelotti’s.
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