Peterborough director of football Barry Fry has revealed what West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan has told him about Ivan Toney.
A host of sources – including Eurosport – have claimed that Hammers boss David Moyes wants to bring the prolific 25-year-old to the London Stadium this summer.
Toney himself recently admitted that he is flattered by interest from West Ham, when speaking to FourFourTwo.
‘West Ham regret missing out on Toney’
West Ham are desperate to sign a new forward in the summer after another injury-plagued campaign for Michail Antonio.
A couple of months ago Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony claimed that West Ham co-owner Sullivan told him he regrets not signing Toney last summer, when speaking on the Hard Truth Podcast.
Instead Toney joined Brentford for around £10 million (Sky Sports).
Now the former Newcastle academy graduate’s value has rocketed to nearly three times that.
But Posh DoF Fry – a close friend of Sullivan and his fellow West Ham co-owner David Gold – has now revealed the Hammers chief remains interested in Toney ahead of the next window (BBC Sport).
Fry reveals Sullivan still wants to sign ‘future golden boot winner’
“West Ham were in for him – I spoke to David Sullivan recently and they still want to buy him,” Fry revealed in an interview with BBC Sport.
“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.
Toney fits Moyes recruitment policy
“I think he will get an opportunity to prove that very soon, either with Brentford or if somebody pays £30m or £40m for him.
“He’ll be the Golden Boot winner in a couple of years in my opinion.”
Let’s hope that’s with West Ham.
David Moyes has made it clear he wants to bring in young, athletic players from the lower leagues who are hungry to prove themselves in the top flight.
So Toney certainly fits the bill.
What he would do to have him now as West Ham push for a Champions League place.