The Sun’s Alan Nixon has reported this morning that 26-goal Peterborough United striker Ivan Toney is now of interest to Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion.
After joining the club for an estimated £650,000 fee in August 2018, the former Newcastle United man has notched an eye-watering 40 league goals for Posh in just 76 league outings, seeing his price tag tenfold in the process.
Marrying physicality and skill with an astute sense of positioning, the 24-year-old has shown himself to be one of the most potent forwards in the EFL, earning himself the interest of higher-division clubs. Watford, Rangers, and West Brom have all had their interest in the forward documented by the press as the race to his signature reaches its final stretch.
Speaking to the media at the beginning of the month, Posh manager Darren Ferguson admitted that the club ‘will have to sell’ the forward this summer as they look to mount another attack on the upper-echelons of League One over the coming calendar year. Though Posh have been fortunate financially throughout the lockdown period and are certainly in safe hands under the stewardship of Darragh MacAnthony, the striker’s sale could provide opportunity for investment elsewhere in the squad.
Toney is without doubt one of the hottest prospects going in the current market, but it remains to be seen whether he will be able to cope with the demand of top-flight football. Nevertheless, he would be a shrewd investment for Albion in terms of a player with unrivalled growth potential.