Almost every club in the Premier League would jump at the chance to sign Ivan Toney if he became available at Brentford, but Barry Fry, the Director of Football who brought Toney to Peterborough from Newcastle United, has claimed that the striker would fit straight in at West Ham.
The Hammers are one of several clubs to have been credited with an interest in the striker who fired in 33 goals in the regular Championship season as well as a penalty in their play-off final victory against Swansea City.
The latest reports have credited usual big spenders Everton and Chelsea with an interest in the former Newcastle striker and the Hammers will be hoping nothing comes to fruition there if they are to stand a chance of bringing him in to challenge Michail Antonio next season.
David Moyes will be looking to add multiple additions to his squad next season who will be capable of slotting in immediately given that their Europa League campaign starts before their domestic one and Toney would be a signing that could do that, according to Fry who spoke exclusively to Football FanCast:
“At West Ham they’ve got some of the best delivery from corners and free-kicks, which helps as they’ve got two or three players that can really attack the ball and Ivan Toney would only add to that.
“He’s brilliant in the air, both offensively and defensively, so I can see Ivan fitting into West Ham’s style of play.”
Brentford fans would be disappointed to see their 25-year-old star man depart before their debut Premier League campaign as they have something that other promoted teams rarely have and that’s a goal scorer and one that is being chased by several top clubs in England.
It would make sense if Moyes was looking at Toney considering that he is still yet to replace club-record signing Sebastien Haller who was allowed to leave for Ajax without a replacement being lined up, and that may have cost the Hammers a place in the top four as they didn’t have a back up for Antonio when he was injured.