An update has emerged regarding Newcastle United and their pursuit of Brentford attacker Ivan Toney.
Transfer insider Dean Jones has explained that the Magpies are keen on the centre-forward ahead of the upcoming summer transfer window.
Football Insider recently reported that the Bees will be looking for a fee in the region of £30m for the striker, and Jones has urged caution over the finances involved.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “They’re interested in him. But they’ve got to be aware of financial fair play, and there is better value to be had out there than that deal. So, they are interested in him, but they’re also going to have to tread carefully.”
If the club can work out the financial implications of a deal, with Jones concerned about the finances which could be involved, then Newcastle can get St James’ Park rocking with a swoop for Toney.
The forward – who Peterborough chief Barry Fry once dubbed “tremendous” – has proven himself in the Premier League this season and would be a terrific signing for the Toon, four years after leaving Tyneside.
In the top flight this term, the 26-year-old has scored 12 goals and provided four assists in 28 starts for Brentford. He has averaged a sublime SofaScore rating of 7.33 and raked in the applause for his performances since joining the west London club.
Bees manager Thomas Frank has previously showered the goal machine with praise, saying: “Ivan is very intelligent, because he’s reflecting, and he deserves a lot of praise himself for also coming into a well-run club and listening to all the small bits and adding extra layers to his development and performance.
“If you want to be a top player you need to work hard, constantly reflect and want to learn and then of course you need to have that confidence that he’s got so naturally. He’s coming across so fantastically: he’s humble, calm, but with a mindset of a lion.”
These quotes from the Brentford head coach suggest that Toney has the perfect mentality to continually improve as a player. At the age of 26, he still has plenty of room left to develop even further, and Newcastle would be signing a gem who can make an immediate impact in the team with his goals whilst also investing in an asset which can increase in value over time.
Therefore, St James’ Park would be rocking if the Magpies can get a deal over the line for him because of his quality in the short-term and what he could achieve in the future. That said, PIF will need to adhere to Jones’ warning and ensure that they are able to manage the finances to afford this move.