Peterborough United Director of Football Barry Fry has told Football FanCast that he told West Ham United’s owners David Gold and David Sullivan to sign Ivan Toney.
Toney has become a star during his time at Brentford, moving to the club back in 2020, with the Championship club paying £10m to bring him in.
The 25-year-old made 94 appearances for Posh, scoring 49 goals in all competitions, while also laying on 15 assists.
Since his move to Brentford, he has gone from strength to strength and has netted 28 goals in 40 outings, netting in all of his last three Championship games.
West Ham have been heavily linked with Toney in recent weeks, with one report from Eurosport claiming that he will become a target this summer.
Fry has now revealed to FFC that he spoke with Gold and Sullivan before Toney moved to Brentford, insisting that he could have been a star at the London Stadium if he’d made the move.
He said: “I spoke to David Sullivan and David Gold last year at great length and I said he’s the best centre-forward we’ve had.
“He’s not only a goalscorer, he scored 49 goals for us in 92 games in two seasons. But it wasn’t only his goalscoring efforts, he also made a lot of goals and he also was our best defender. He headed the ball out more than anybody else, from free kicks and corners from the opposition.
“He was absolutely magnificent and I recommended him highly.”
Toney has a contract with Brentford until 2025 and is valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt.