Former Newcastle United forward Ivan Toney is closing in on a £10 Million move to Brentford, according to Sky Sports.
Sky Sports note that three other clubs, including Celtic, were interested in the 24-year-old, but it seems the play-off finalists are closing in after a bid was accepted by Peterborough.
Just today, Toney was announced as the EFL League One player of the year and golden boot after ending 2019/20 the divisions top scorer on 24 goals.
He recently revealed his his ambition to play in the Premier League this month, however Sky Sports reveal that a move to the Championship is now close after no top flight offers arrived.
Fans will be disappointed to see another former young talent go from strength to strength after being allowed to leave Newcastle for a fairly insignificant fee, with Toney being sold for just £650,000 two years ago.
There is some good news for us though, as we are expected to earn a ‘seven figure fee’ from the expected deal.
In August, The Chronicle claimed that we’d inserted a ‘very large’ sell on clause in the player’s contract as part of his move to Peterborough in the summer of 2018 – something that could add a million or two into Bruce’s transfer budget if and when a £10m deal goes through.
Interestingly, this could now clear the way for Ollie Watkins’ exit at Brentford – a player we have been linked with on more than one occasion in 2020 follows his prolific season in the second tier.
The progression of Toney and other youngsters like Adam Armstrong must act as a warning to Newcastle for the future, however.
We cannot keep allowing young talent go for pennies and watch them progress – becoming quality players who command massive transfer fees in the long term.