Celtic will learn in the next 72 hours whether there’s a chance of signing Ivan Toney this summer, The Sunday Post reports (02/08 print edition, back page).
The paper says that the Scottish champions have already tabled a £5m bid for the player but that Peterborough United would prefer to go with Brentford’s offer of £5m, rising to £9m with add-ons.
Toney is now waiting to see whether or not Brentford are promoted to the English Premier League via Tuesday’s Championship Play-Off Final.
If they win, the Bees will be in pole position to land the striker, while Celtic will be right in the mix if they stumble.
The 24-year-old was in dynamite form throughout the 2019/20 season, finishing the campaign as the top scorer in League One.
In total, he scored 26 goals in 36 appearances across the league and FA Cup (Transfermarkt).
Clearly, adding that kind of clinical firepower to Neil Lennon’s squad would be a major boost to our trophy ambitions over the next 12 months.
We have Odsonne Edouard as our main man, with Patryk Klimala and Leigh Griffiths supporting.
However, with Vakoun Bayo injured again and potentially on his way out of the club this summer, another striker will be necessary.
That’s especially true if Lennon opts to go for a two-man attack like he did in the second half of last season.
Toney, in my mind, very much fits the bill and I’ll be hoping for a Brentford defeat on Tuesday against Fulham at Wembley.
Despite already signing Vasilis Barkas and Mohamed Elyounoussi this summer, the squad could do with new recruits and in a timely fashion.
European qualifiers will begin and soon put a stretch on Lennon’s resources between league matches.
Can the champions now ramp up the transfer activity and deliver on some big targets?