West Ham ‘join Chelsea in the race for Brentford’s 30-goal man Ivan Toney this summer, with David Moyes identifying the £35m-rated striker as perfect competition for Michail Antonio’
- Brentford striker Ivan Toney is a wanted man after a strong Championship term
- The 25-year-old has a record-equalling 30 league goals for the Bees this season
- West Ham have joined Chelsea in the race for Toney, according to reports
- Toney, who replaced Ollie Watkins at Brentford, is said to be worth around £35m
West Ham are set to rival Chelsea for Brentford’s £35million-rated striker Ivan Toney this summer, according to reports.
The 25-year-old striker has been in brilliant form for the promotion-chasing Bees this season, scoring 30 goals in the Championship as the west Londoners look to gain Premier League promotion via the play-offs.
David Moyes’ Hammers are looking for a striker this summer as Michail Antonio remains the only recognised centre-forward option at the London Stadium.
West Ham have joined Chelsea in the race for Brentford striker Ivan Toney (above), say reports
David Moyes (left) is reportedly battling it out with Thomas Tuchel (right) for the £35m man
And according to The Sun, West Ham are looking to beef up their options as Brentford are fairly certain to sell their centre forward should they not go upt this season.
Toney is one goal away from eclipsing Glenn Murray’s record of most goals in a Championship season, which the former Brighton and Bournemouth forward managed with Crystal Palace in the 2012-13 campaign.
The centre forward arrived at the west London club last summer from Peterborough United and filled in the void left by Ollie Watkins, who left to join Aston Villa for a £30million fee.
The Hammers have Michail Antonio (right) as their only recognised striker option this season
Watkins himself was the replacement for Neal Maupay, who scored 28 goals in the 2018-19 season for the Bees before moving to Brighton for £20million.
With Toney as their striker this term, Brentford have now sealed a third-placed spot to give them a minor advantage in the Championship play-offs – where they will compete alongside Swansea, Bournemouth and Barnsley.
Toney told Sportsmail last month that he feels ready to step up to England’s top-flight, with or without Brentford.
He said: ‘I feel like I’m more than ready to step up into the Premier League. I feel the qualities the players have, I can fit in perfectly. The deliveries the players get, I’d be able to get on the end of crosses.
Toney has scored 30 Championship goals for the Bees – a joint-record for a single season
Toney recently told Sportsmail he is ready to step up to the Premier League for next season
‘I feel like I would slot into the majority of teams in the Premier League. I don’t mean that in a big-headed way but I do feel I’d be capable of doing certain things that other strikers might not be able to.’
Peterborough director of football Barry Fry claims Toney is also confident that Toney is set for a Premier League spot.
Whilst speaking about the Brentford man, Fry also told Sportsmail in April: ‘Can he do it in the Premier League? One million per cent he can. A goalscorer like him will score goals at any level.
‘He’ll be playing with better players for one thing. It’s just that whoever wants to buy him will have to pay £30million or £40m for him now.’