Celtic likely to fail in any move for £13m EFL striker

Glasgow giants Celtic are eyeing a move for £13m rated Peterborough Ivan Toney, as reported by the Daily Record.

Toney, who is leading the scoring charts in League One, was the subject of a £4m deadline day bid by Charlton Athletic in August and has since thrived for Posh. His value has risen sharply and there’s no shortage of suitors currently.

Bristol City and Brentford are also understood to have sent scouts to London Road as Toney bagged a brace in Posh’s 4-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers this week.

The 23-year-old was also on Middlesbrough’s radar late last year, but if comments made by Peterborough’s Barry Fry are anything to go by, the player is likely to remain in League One until the summer.

“Bristol City have shown interest in Ivan and we do have a good relationship with them, but there is zero chance of Ivan going anywhere in January,” said Fry.

“I have had eight Championship clubs ask about Ivan as well as a couple from the Premier League, but my answer is always the same. There is not enough money in this transfer window to even tempt us into talking about selling Ivan Toney.”

That means any interest from Neil Lennon’s Celtic will likely have to wait until the summer, but if Posh fail to earn promotion they’re likely to be fending off sizeable bids.

Our View

Toney is hot property at the moment and it is clear to see why. he’s quick, razor-sharp and always looks likely to score when he gets on the ball.

He’s strong too, able to stand the roughest treatment handed out by some of League One’s tough defenders.

A move to Celtic would be tough to turn down, especially against the Championship clubs currently circling. However, a second half of the season like the first will surely set some Premier League clubs on high alert.

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