Former Leeds United star Jon Newsome has urged the Premier League club to avoid a swoop for striker target Ivan Toney this summer, telling Football FanCast exclusively that he wouldn’t sanction such a move to Elland Road.
Toney has been in red-hot form for the Championship club this season.
He has scored 29 goals and laid on 10 assists with the Bees chasing promotion to the Premier League.
However, reports have indicated that Toney would cost a sizeable fee.
Football League World has reported that the club will demand a £35m fee if they are to let him move in the coming transfer window and Newsome, who won the First Division with Leeds in the 1991/92 season, believes that such a deal would simply be too expensive for the club.
Indeed, he pointed to the club’s summer signings, in which they splashed out on a number of senior players, but never paid over £26m, with that fee marking a club-record when they signed Rodrigo from Valencia.
Speaking exclusively to FFC, Newsome was asked whether he would sanction such a deal for Toney if he had the choice and he was definitive in his response.
He said: “In a word, no. No, I don’t think I would. I mean, if you’re looking at the players that they brought into the football club in the summer, all four of them are international football players and not one of them has got anywhere near the 35 million pound price tag.
“So I’m not diminishing Toney’s ability and the impact that he’s had at Brentford this season, because I think he’s doing incredibly well, he’s doing really well.”