West Ham still want to sign Ivan Toney according to Barry Fry
West Ham are still interested in signing Brentford striker Ivan Toney, Barry Fry told the BBC.
The Peterborough director of football claims the Irons want the 29-goal striker, sharing a recent conversation he had with Irons co-owner David Sullivan.
He explained that Toney is desperate to play in the top-flight and said he could get that chance if a club meets his value.
He told the BBC, “West Ham were in for him – I spoke to David Sullivan recently and they still want to buy him.
“But Brentford wanted to put him in the team straight away. All the others saw him on the bench, and he wanted to play.
“He has a burning ambition to be the best centre forward in the Premier League.
“I think he will get an opportunity to prove that very soon, either with Brentford or if somebody pays £30m or £40m for him.”
Could still be a bargain
Toney is in scintillating form but his goalscoring record stretches back to 2018/19, when he bagged 23 goals in all competitions for Peterborough.
He continues to improve and show that he is better than the level he is playing at suggests – he is on course to score more than 30 goals in his debut Championship season.
We would love him to continue his meteoric rise at West Ham, and we are confident he could quite easily get 15-20 goals if he joined.
So even if he does cost £30million he would be worth it.
Watkins left Brentford for around that price last summer and has gone on to score 12 Premier League goals for Aston Villa, and Toney is arguably even more clinical in front of goal than him.
His track record suggests he is, and since he is apparently driven by a “burning desire” to be the best we believe he could be a real fan favourite at the London Stadium.
There are likely to be rivals for Toney’s signature but if Brentford fail to go up we must go all out to sign him.
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