Newcastle jump queue in four-way Ivan Toney race, as Romano sets record straight on Man Utd involvement

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Brentford striker Ivan Toney Credit: PA Images
Brentford striker Ivan Toney Credit: PA Images

Newcastle have contacted Brentford over the signing of Ivan Toney whose high price tag has emerged, while Fabrizio Romano has clarified Man Utd’s role in the four-way scrap.

Toney made the step up in class to Premier League level with consummate ease last season. The Brentford hitman had plundered 31 goals in the Championship the campaign prior and all eyes were on how he’d fare in the top flight.

Toney ruffled plenty of feathers with his physical approach, though that’s not to say end product was lacking. Indeed, Toney bagged 12 goals and five assists with those contributions a major factor in helping the Bees to stave off relegation.

However, they have also attracted the attention of several Premier League sides further up the table.

The Mirror previously reported all four of Man Utd, West Ham, Newcastle and Leeds Utd were sizing up the 26-year-old.

Now, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on what the future could hold for Ivan Toney.

Writing for Caught Offside, Romano reported Brentford have slapped a hefty price tag of between £40m-£45m on their talisman’s head.

Thomas Frank has already lost one major influence this summer in Christian Eriksen. Clearly, he won’t part with another for anything less than full value.

Newcastle contact, but Man Utd interest overblown?

Regarding the runners and riders for Toney’s signature, Romano claimed Newcastle have made contact, though their negotiations are not advanced.

However, that first step has seemingly put them at the front of the queue at present. The Magpies are seeking reinforcements in the final third after their Hugo Ekitike deal was hijacked by PSG.

Regarding Manchester United, Romano added speculation they have already submitted a proposal is wide of the mark.

“Despite what you may have read, Manchester United have not submitted any proposals for Ivan Toney so far,” wrote the reliable source.

“Newcastle have had contacts in recent weeks but there is still no advanced negotiation. Brentford want at least £40-45m to sell Toney and the situation may evolve in the coming weeks.”

Ivan Toney ready to step up?

The forward excelled with Brentford last term and earned plaudits for his hold-up play and willingness to press.

Those traits will be looked upon favourably by many managers, including potentially Erik ten Hag.

The United boss has implemented his high intensity style to great effect in pre-season so far. And with Cristiano Ronaldo’s future still uncertain, giving Anthony Martial competition in the form of Ivan Toney could make sense.

Alternatively, Toney may feel he has unfinished business at Newcastle. He was on their books between 2015-18, though was persistently farmed out on loan while there.

Newcastle have spent sensibly since their Saudi-led takeover. £40m-£45m for Toney may sound high, though he would come with the guarantee of already having proven himself in the Premier League.

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