By Joe Ellis

26th May, 2022 | 8:10pm

West Ham United would have to pay £40m for Brentford's Ivan Toney

West Ham United will have to fork out upwards of £40million if they want to sign Brentford striker Ivan Toney, according to i news.

The 26-year-old scored 12 times for Thomas Frank’s Bees in their debut Premier League season as they comfortably survived a relegation scrap with a late-season surge to 13th.

Toney, who Brentford signed from Peterborough United in 2020, was a major part of their most successful spells in their first season of top-flight football and he is being touted for an England call-up soon if he keeps that form going.

It’s no surprise then that the Hammers along with Newcastle United and Arsenal are all keen on signing him this summer but the £40million price may be enough to halt their aspirations.

David Moyes is keen to add a striker to his squad having had to rely on Michail Antonio in almost every game in the 2021-22 season with no backup at the London Stadium.

Too much

Toney is unquestionably a talented footballer worthy of playing in the Premier League but is he that much better than Antonio is, if at all?

If Moyes wants to improve his striker situation he will only do so by spending £50million or more on a truly world-class number nine and that kind of player probably won’t want to come to us just yet with only Europa Conference League football to play for.

So if that won’t happen, Moyes needs to find a good understudy for the Jamaican international who can learn from him and eventually take his place in a couple of years.

Toney is neither of those but rather someone in the middle of the two ideologies and the last thing we need is to sign a player who is in no man’s land compared to our squad.

A cheaper alternative to be the backup is the way we need to go and spend half of the £40million Brentford want at most to find a fresh young attacker with new ideas and motivation to dethrone Antonio as the Hammers’ number nine.

In other West Ham news, the future of this Irons ace is set to be decided this week with a meeting scheduled in the next few days.

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