Former Everton man Marcus Bent thinks that Everton will pay the asking price for Ivan Toney if they felt they had to this window.
Toney has been in sensational form for Brentford this season in the Championship, scoring 30 goals and chipping in with a further 10 assists helping the Bees reach the playoffs. A feat that’s made even more impressive considering he was only in League One the previous season with Peterborough.
And form like that has attracted a whole host of potential suitors from the top flight, with the Toffees amongst those reportedly preparing a bid for his services and Brentford forced to put down a £30m price tag to try and fend teams off.
“He’s proven in the Championship, he’s not proven in the Premier League, but again, with today’s transfer requests and transfer fees, that’s the sort of money you’ve got to pay.
“If they get rid of some of the players we’ve spoken about and they’ve got the money in the kitty, I’m sure they will.”
Should Everton go after Ivan Toney?
In any other window that might make sense, but with Everton one of the many clubs that has been decimated financially this past season, that fee might be a step too far for them to consider bringing him to Goodison Park. And that’s before you consider the added risk of him being a Championship player where there is no guarantee that his numbers will directly translate into the same kind of figures in the Premier League.
He just comes across as potentially the right man, but at possibly the wrong time as well, unless they are planning a big clear out in order to raise funds.