League One outfit Peterborough United have slapped a £13 million price tag on sought after striker Ivan Toney as reported by the Sun.
The Posh managed to hang onto their prized asset in the summer, and Toney has rewarded them with twelve goals in a blistering start to the season.
It is an impressive scoring record that has alerted several clubs to the talent of Toney with sides from the Championship, such as Derby County, Middlesborough, and Bristol City, all thought to be long term admirers.
It now looks like news of Toney’s exploits have reached the Premier League with the Sun reporting Bournemouth and Burnley are eyeing a January move.
However, the report by Charlie Wyett claims the twenty-three-year-old hitman will not come cheap, with Posh adamant they have the best striker outside the top flight.
Toney has scored thirty-five goals in seventy-five appearances for Peterborough since moving from Newcastle for just £350,000 in the summer of 2018. He made only four substitute appearances for the Magpies after joining from Northampton in 2015.
Club chairman Darragh MacAnthony is quoted in the paper saying this about his in-demand forward: Toney will break the transfer record for a League One player when he goes if he goes that. He’ll certainly smash the Posh record.’
‘We don’t want to lose anyone in January, but you can’t guarantee anything in football.’
‘If we do lose anyone, they will be replaced.’
If Toney does depart, he will join an ever-expanding list of players Posh have plucked from relative obscurity to sell for big money with Dwight Gayle to Crystal Palace for £6.5m, Britt Assombalonga to Nottingham Forest for £5.5m and Ryan Bennett to Norwich for £3.5m the most prominent.
Posh fans will not want to see Toney leave; they have a serious chance of automatic promotion this season.
However, every player has their price, and if a club takes a gamble and bids the right money, they could well cash in on a player who signed a ‘long term deal’ eighteen months ago.
Toney is a top player and will hold the ambition to play at the highest level.
In our view, he may struggle in the Premier League at this moment, but the Championship should hold no fears for him.
That being said, if he keeps on improving, we can definitely see performing on Match of the Day in the future.