PREMIER LEAGUE hopefuls Brentford are close to agreeing a fee for Ivan Toney according to STV Sports Editor Raman Bhardwaj. The journalist claims a fee is yet to be agreed for the Celtic target but that a deal is close.
Understand Brentford are close to agreeing a transfer fee with Peterborough for Celtic target Ivan Toney. Celtic’s bid of £5m for the striker was rejected over a week ago.
— Raman Bhardwaj (@ramanbhardwajTV) August 3, 2020
Both parties are no doubt waiting to see if Brentford make the move to the Premier League after tomorrow’s play off versus Fulham.
With 48 goals in two seasons, Toney is hot property at the moment. Peterborough’s failure to get promoted from League 1 has opened the gate to offers from Celtic and Premier League chasing Brentford. Although Fry has accused Celtic of trying to get Toney on the cheap with their low-ball first offer. The striker netted 26 times last season and is likely to command a fee upward of £5m and Celtic could be ready to return and test Posh’s resolve.
Celtic could yet return for Toney whilst Albian Ajeti ponders his future. Neil Lennon has already prioritised a striker in the transfer window which means that Bayo is likely to be shown the door – with French media outlet Depeche claiming Toulouse are favourites.
Toney was the subject of an £8m bid from Brentford in January but the club held firm as they chased promotion. Club Chairman, Darragh MacAnthony, confirmed that he would be selling Toney following Posh narrowly missing out on playoff places after the League One season was curtailed.
Celtic and Fry have already negotiated the acquisition of Gavin Strachan this summer after the son of Gordon swapped Assistant to Darren Ferguson to become First Team Coach under Neil Lennon. The Strachan factor may be another reason that Toney may want to trade League One for the Scottish Premiership as he knows someone to help him settle into a new club, should a deal be agreed.