Peterborough United’s Director of Football Barry Fry has confirmed that Ivan Toney wants to move to Celtic, but says he’s extremely close to signing for another club.
Toney looks almost certain to depart the League One side this season after they failed to secure promotion. Reports in recent days have suggested that Brentford had agreed a deal with Posh for the talented marksman (Twitter).
Celtic are on the lookout for another striker, with West Ham United’s Albian Ajeti and free-agent Steven Fletcher also reportedly on the club’s radar (Daily Record).
However, despite the links to Toney, Celtic appear to be running out of time. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Peterborough’s Fry provided a worrying update despite his confirmation the Parkhead is the player’s preferred destination.
“They are running out of time now. The lad is very close to signing for someone else in the next couple of days. The lad is very close to signing for someone else in the next couple of days.
“I heard from Ivan’s agent to say Celtic were coming back. That was Sunday evening after their first game.
“They had heard Celtic would be coming back, but I haven’t heard anything.”
Celtic may need to move quicker than first thought
If Celtic have given word to Toney’s agent that they will be in touch, then you can hardly contradict that and say we won’t be. However, timing is now looking to be a big issue.
It’s unclear as to which of the strikers Celtic have been linked with is their number one target. If it isn’t Toney, then it puts us in a difficult position here. Do we stick with prioritising with our top target? Or do we move on Toney now knowing that we’re signing a striker who bagged 26 goals last season? (Transfermarkt)
It all adds up to Brentford being the club that is closing in on the front-man. But this could also be a test of whether he truly wants to move to Parkhead. After all, it’s not outwith Toney’s power to stall on a move to London in order to see what Celtic come back with.
Fry’s comments are almost like a boost and a blow at the same time. Celtic have never been a club to rush into transfer decisions, particularly if it’s going to cost them a lot of money.
The next couple of days look like being huge in the chase for the red-hot Englishman. Will he be a Celtic player when everything is said and done? Watch this space.