West Brom are reportedly one of the sides taking an interest in former Newcastle United striker Ivan Toney ahead of the summer transfer window, although they could face competition from Celtic.
According to Football Insider, Slaven Bilic’s side are interested in signing the Peterborough United forward this summer. The Baggies are currently second in the Championship ahead of its restart later this month, but will seemingly make a move for the 24-year-old striker no matter whether they are in the top flight or second tier at the start of next season.
Toney has enjoyed a superb season with the Posh in League One, contributing 24 goals and five assists in 32 appearances, while earning an impressive 7.91/10 average rating (per WhoScored), as well as two goals in the FA Cup. However, after the season was curtailed earlier this week, leaving Peterborough outside the play-off spots on a points-per-game basis, it seems as if he will be departing the club, with club director of football Barry Fry having admitted that they would be forced to cash in on the prolific striker should they fail to achieve promotion, amid reported interest from the likes of Celtic and Rangers.
Although West Brom have enjoyed a successful season in the Championship thus far, it could certainly be argued that they need to make attacking additions this summer. The club’s top league goalscorer so far this season is Hal Robson-Kanu, who has just 10 league goals to his name (per WhoScored), so adding Toney could give Bilic a more natural goal-scoring option in his side.
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However, with Fry also suggesting that the League One side would hold out for as much as £15 million for the 24-year-old striker, it could prove to be an expensive transfer for the Baggies this summer.