West Ham will not pay the £50m that it will likely cost to sign Brentford striker Ivan Toney this summer, claims Peterborough director of football Barry Fry.
Toney helped fire Brentford to the Premier League after scoring an incredible 33 goals in the Championship last season.
The 25-year-old, who joined the Bees from Fry’s current place of employment in the previous summer transfer window, is now being linked with a move to West Ham.
Who would you rather have?
According to The Sun, Toney is a target for David Moyes and could cost £35m. Fry, however, believes the Hammers would be looking at a much larger fee, one he cannot see David Gold and David Sullivan paying.
“I’m not too sure the two Davids would fork out 40 or 50 million that I think would [convince] Brentford,” Fry exclusively told TIF.
“Brentford did marvellous work, miracles to sell their best players and still get in the play-offs for two years on the trot and get where the promised land is, so they’re not going to let any of their players go cheaply.”
With a record like his, West Ham or any other Premier League side in need of a striker should be going for Toney.
That being said, given that he has not proven his proficiency in English football’s top flight just yet, £50m would be quite a bit of a gamble to say the least.