In a recent interview with Football FanCast, Barry Fry discussed summer interest in the West Ham United-linked centre-forward, Ivan Toney.
Since joining Brentford from Peterborough United in a £5.04m deal last September, the 25-year-old has hugely impressed over his 36 Championship appearances for Thomas Frank’s side, scoring a remarkable 28 goals and registering nine assists, as well as averaging a WhoScored match rating of 7.45 – ranking him as the sixth-best performer in the entire division.
As a result of his fine displays, Arsenal, Leeds United and West Ham have all been reported to be interested in signing the £21,000-per-week star this summer, with Brentford thought to be demanding a fee of around £30m to part with the striker.
Speaking recently to Football FanCast, Peterborough United director Fry stated that he is certain Toney will be playing his football in the Premier League next season, as he believes Brentford will struggle to keep hold of the 25-year-old in the summer transfer window.
Fry said: “He loves it at Brentford, he loves the lads, he’s a leader. I should imagine Brentford will have to sit him down and offer him a lot more of a lucrative deal than what he’s on now. I still think they will struggle to keep him.
“He could finish up with 30 league goals this year. All the Premier League clubs that I spoke to last year are regretting not signing him.
“There’s only a few that will be able to afford him, but I know for a fact that top clubs in the Premier League are watching him with interest for what he does. I’m sure he will be playing in the Premier League next year for somebody.”
Should West Ham offer £30m for Toney this summer?
Transfer Tavern Take
With the January sale of Sebastien Haller leaving David Moyes with only Michail Antonio as an out-and-out striker in his first team squad, it would appear very likely that West Ham will look to strengthen in the position this summer.
Considering just how impressive Toney has been in the Championship this season, it would very much appear as if the 25-year-old is ready for Premier League football.
However, with Arsenal and Leeds both reported to also be keen on a move for the Brentford star this summer, West Ham will certainly have their work cut out if they wish to get a deal over the line for the Bees predator come the end of the season.
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