West Ham United are interested in signing Brentford striker Ivan Toney as a replacement for the recently departed Sebastien Haller, according to a report from the Express.
David Moyes must bring an established striker to the London Stadium this month. It really is now a matter of urgency.
The Hammers have Michail Antonio as their only recognised senior striker.
We do have Mipo Odubeko of course. As highly as he is rated in East London, however, at just 18 he clearly isn’t ready to be playing regular first-team football.
West Ham have already been linked with a plethora of strikers since Haller’s exit.
And today a new name has hit the headlines.
The Express claims that the Hammers are on the tail of prolific Brentford hitman Ivan Toney. We allegedly could face competition from Arsenal for his signature, however.
West Ham to swoop in for Ivan Toney?
The in-form striker joined Brentford from Peterborough in the summer for around £10 million (Sky Sports).
The 24-year-old has been in red-hot form for the Bees this season. He has scored 16 goals in 22 Championship games (Transfermarkt).
Toney would be an absolutely sensational addition for West Ham.
There is one huge problem, however.
Brentford surely will be reluctant to deal with us again after the problems David Sullivan caused when negotiating the Said Benrahma deal in the summer.
It would also undoubtedly cost an arm and a leg to prise the 24-year-old striker away from Griffin Park.
Much will depend on just how ambitious the West Ham owners are. Toney is exactly what we need. Whether the Hammers will actually have any chance of singing him, however, is another matter entirely.