Peterborough United striker Ivan Toney will complete his move to Championship side Brentford today, according to English outlet West London Sport.
The report states that the deal for Toney could add up to £10million in add-ons. However, an initial fee of £5m will be paid upfront.
An agreement was reportedly reached for the player several days ago (Sky Sports). And it comes as no surprise after Toney, who banged home 49 goals for Peterborough (Transfermarkt), previously stated his desire to play in the Premier League one day (Peterborough Today).
Celtic have long been linked with Toney throughout the summer (Daily Record). However, after the signing of Albian Ajeti, speculation linking the Hoops with the Englishman faded.
There have been no reports of Celtic trying to interject with an offer of their own. Instead, the Hoops appear happy with the four options currently at their disposal.
Another striker and things get too crowded
Bagging Toney would always have looked good on paper. His goal return in League One is impressive, and his potential looks frightening ahead of the next few years. It would hardly surprise you to see him popping up with goals on a weekly basis in the Championship.
But if you added him to the Celtic squad now, things would start to get crowded at the top end of the pitch. Toney is a centre-forward and nothing else. If we were to have signed him, that would be his position.
All of a sudden we would have five options for a team that has seldom played with even two up front this season. Good luck trying to tell the likes of Ajeti and Toney that they’ll be sitting on the bench regularly so long as Odsonne Edouard is fit.
Even with two up front, one of either Toney or Ajeti would often be rooted to the bench most weeks. And that’s before you even go into the likes of Patryk Klimala and Leigh Griffiths.
Swiss striker Ajeti made it two goals in two Premiership appearances in the 3-0 win against Motherwell yesterday. The more goals he nets, the less supporters care about not bringing Toney aboard.
And so far, it looks as though Celtic have made the right decision. Hopefully, we’ll see the end of the Toney saga today.
In other news, Celtic are reportedly set to complete their fourth signing of the summer after successful talks.