Everton have reportedly now joined the race to sign Brentford striker Ivan Toney.
The Lowdown: Striker needed
Once again, the Toffees’ lack of a potent striker cost them points over the weekend, as they slumped to a 1-1 draw at home to Nottingham Forest in the Premier League, needing a last-gasp Demarai Gray equaliser to rescue a point.
Salomon Rondon started the game but was taken off before the hour mark with the score at 0-0, as he was off target with both of his efforts on goal (SofaScore).
That is now just two goals scored in their first three matches following the 1-0 and 2-1 defeats to Chelsea and Aston Villa respectively, and with Dominic Calvert-Lewin injured, the Merseyside club must focus on bringing a striker in before the transfer window closes.
The Latest: Toney interest
As per The Daily Mirror, Everton – as well as Chelsea – have joined the race to sign Toney, who is also being courted by Manchester United.
Frank Lampard’s team are weighing up a move for the Englishman, who features on their list of targets, and the Bees are bracing themselves for incoming bids.
The Verdict: Ambitious
Given that Brentford finished above the Toffees in the Premier League last season, and have started off this campaign better than Lampard’s team, it seems too ambitious a move by Everton to be going after Toney.
Hailed by Bees manager Thomas Frank as a player with the ‘mindset of a lion‘, it is no surprise to see top-flight heavyweights Chelsea and Man Utd wanting the 26-year-old too.
A scorer at the weekend against Fulham, Toney already has two goals and two assists to his name so far this term, and he has scored an impressive 141 times over the course of his senior club career so far (Transfermarkt).
It is no surprise to see the 26-year-old so high in demand, but Everton may have a mountain to climb if they are to secure his signature.
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