Newcastle United will not be able to acquire the service of Ivan Toney in the summer for less than £35m, according to Dean Jones.
The transfer expert has been speaking to This Is Futbol ahead of the summer window, with the Toon’s spot in the top flight now all but confirmed.
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Toney spent a number of years on the books at St James’ Park, however, he was only able to make four appearances for the senior side with a combined 41 minutes of action (via Transfermarkt).
But with an impressive showing in his first full Premier League campaign, Jones feels it would take a hefty offer to prise the 26-year-old away from west London.
He said: “There’s no way that Brentford are going to sell Ivan Toney for £35m when Ollie Watkins was sold for just under that before he’d played a game in the Premier League. I honestly think that Ivan Toney would be a £50m footballer in this market.”
TIF Thoughts on Jones’ comments…
We have to agree with Jones. Toney has had a huge impact at Brentford and has settled into top-flight football seamlessly, with 12 goals in the Premier League this season.
So it is difficult to see why Brentford would allow Toney to leave at all, never mind in a cut-price deal when the Toon have recently been given a huge financial boost.
And from a Newcastle point of view, spending around £50m on a player who they had sold just a number of years ago for around £350k could be a major embarrassment.