Five years after being sold by Newcastle United, Ivan Toney is being linked with a mega money move away from his current employers Brentford.
Toney and Newcastle were not a match made in heaven. The striker did not receive enough opportunities on Tyneside, while he has admitted himself that he could have done more to be a hit in black and white.
But Toney is now a lethal Premier League striker and an England international – and someone who looks set to be on the move in 2024.
The 27-year-old is being linked with a move away from Brentford next year, with Toney due to resume playing football in January when his ban for breaching betting regulations comes to an end.
He has even been linked with a return to St James’ Park. It was reported earlier this month that Newcastle are considering a move for Toney, and have held talks with him about a transfer.
It would be a real surprise to see Toney back at the club, but a new report from Fabrizio Romano suggests that he might not cost as much as expected.
How much Brentford want for Ivan Toney
When talk emerged that Toney was going to leave Brentford, it was reported that he would cost up to £80million. However, transfer expert Romano thinks it will be much less than that.
“Ivan Toney wants to leave Brentford and try a new experience in 2024,” he said on his YouTube channel.
“That’s why he appointed a new agent, Stellar Group, to take care of his future. Chelsea are well informed on the situation, same for Arsenal.
“But the race remains absolutely open. It is too early to tell where Toney will go, but it is the opportunity for the Brentford striker to join an important club in 2024.
“We are going to see if it will be a January transfer or a summer transfer. It also depends on who wants to pay what Brentford wants. Something around £50million and £60million for the striker, but keep an eye on Toney because he could be one to watch in 2024.”
Newcastle return would be a shock
Even £50million or £60million is a lot for Newcastle – especially when they already have Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson.
Unless one of them is leaving, it would be a major surprise to see the Magpies make a move for Toney. There is no chance of Isak or Wilson departing – the former is part of Newcastle’s long-term future, while the latter has just signed a new contract.
While a deal for Toney would give Newcastle arguably the best strike force in the Premier League, a return to Tyneside does not feel likely at all. And that is even taking into considering that he might cost £30million less than what was initially reported.