West Ham in talks over deal to sign Brentford goal machine Ivan Toney
West Ham have been in talks with the representatives of Brentford striker Ivan Toney ahead of the transfer window reopenig in the summer, according to Claret & Hugh.
The Hammers news website reports that Toney, 25, has been added to the list of striker targets at the London Stadium as David Moyes aims to bolster his attack.
Everton, Leeds, Wolves and Crystal Palace have also been linked with the former Newcastle striker, who’s scored a stunning 29 goals in 43 Championship appearances this season.
West Ham’s summer transfer window will be considered a failure if Moyes doesn’t sign a striker to replace January departure Sebasiten Haller.
Injury-prone Michail Antonio – who surprise surprise is currently injured – is the only recognised striker in Moyes’ first-team squad at the moment so it’s a no-brainer to add to that department.
We haven’t had the best of luck in signing strikers while David Sullivan has been at the club. Look at Haller, Andy Carroll, Simeone Zaza, Jordan Hugill and Nikica Jelavic as some examples of those flops.
Toney, you would hope, is bound to be different because he’s an English striker who’s scored goals for fun in recent seasons.
This term he’s notched 29 for Brentford, last season he netted 24 in the league for Peterborough and the season before that he fired in 16 times for the Posh in League One.
He’s clinical in the box and when handed an opportunity, he usually takes it.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Soccer Special [March 16], ex-Palace striker Clinton Morrison paid triute to Toney.
“He has been outstanding,” said Morrison. “He’s the type of striker that can get 35 goals this season. He might be on that because he has been excellent.
“This run-up (for the penalty) is ridiculous. Oh my God, how classy is that! You have to be some player to walk up and take a penalty like that.”
Morrison added: “He will be in the Premier League next season, whether it’s with Brentford or not.”
Toney is someone we wouldn’t mind seeing but there are bound to be some doubts as he’s only ever played twice in the Premier League when he was at Newcastle.
However, just because he’s not really played in the top-flight doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be a good addition.
Ollie Watkins’ form at Aston Villa should be a prime example.
In other West Ham news, the Irons have made contact over a deal to sign this Southampton player.