Celtic-linked Peterborough United striker Ivan Toney continued his superb run of form in League One last night.
The Daily Record reported back in late January that Celtic had watched Toney in action on two different occasions. Nothing came of it, however, as the striker stayed with United.
And since then he’s been in sensational form for The Posh. Toney bagged a double last night against Southend to give Peterborough a 4-0 home win and send them up to second in the table.
That brace followed on from another two goals netted against Oxford United on Saturday. In Peterborough’s last six league games, Toney has popped up with eight goals to take his tally for the season to 25 (Transfermarkt).
Unfortunately, this kind of form won’t go unnoticed. Peterborough have already reportedly thrown a £13million label onto his services (The Sun). That was before the January window, but it’s unlikely that they’ll accept any less for him in the summer.
Bournemouth the latest to be linked
His form has already attracted further interest too. The Sun have stated that Bournemouth are looking to table a £13m bid for Toney if Josh King leaves the club for Manchester United.
Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony took the unusual route of making a YouTube video to discuss his club’s January dealings. He stated there that if Peterborough don’t get promoted then they’ll sell Toney in the summer, and that there were an incredible 14 interested parties in the mid-season window.
Whilst it’s always exciting to hear potential transfer targets doing well for their current clubs, Toney could be one whose form we want to be tamed.
At the rate the striker is going at, he’s going to have clubs lining up for his services in the summer. Celtic’s best chance of getting him will likely be if he has a dip in form combined with Peterborough failing to get promoted.
Right now the reported figures are too high. Our transfer record was £9million for Odsonne Edouard (Sky Sports). Celtic would be highly unlikely to go above that for a League One forward – regardless of his form. After all, we only splashed out on former PSG youngster Edouard because he had proven himself here in a loan season.
If there are Premier League clubs that come knocking then they can blow our offers out of the water. However, that may not be the case with Championship clubs. MacAnthony stated in his YouTube video that there were offers in January from clubs close to Premier League promotion. However, Neil Lennon has stated in the past that we can compete financially with any Championship side (Daily Record).
So it’ll be interesting to see who’s in for Toney’s services this summer. At his current goalscoring rate, there could be plenty.