Peterborough of Director of Football Barry Fry has told Football FanCast that West Ham weren’t willing to pay his asking-price for Ivan Toney last summer.
On the back of scoring 26 goals with Posh, the striker was a man in demand, with several Premier League clubs interested in taking a risk on the 25-year-old, who’d never previously played above League One level.
And West Ham, who were on the back of narrowly avoiding relegation, were one of those sides.
The Hammers had Michail Antonio in their ranks, but with record signing Sebastien Haller having only scored seven Premier League goals during his debut season at the London Stadium, David Moyes was looking to add to his striking ranks.
But Fry revealed that he priced the West Ham owners out of a deal, and Toney eventually moved to the Championship, scoring 32 goals, including a crucial penalty in the play-offs against Bournemouth last weekend.
Fry exclusively told Football FanCast what went down with the West Ham owners:
“I spoke to David Sullivan before I sold him to Brentford, because I thought Ivan Toney would be ideal for West Ham.
“But David didn’t agree and thought I wanted too much money and didn’t think he would have the impact in the Championship.”