Wigan Athletic are interested in signing striker Kieffer Moore from Barnsley, with The Tykes considering a move for Peterborough United’s Ivan Toney as a replacement, journalist Alan Nixon has reported.
The Latics have yet to bring in a striker in the summer transfer window, and are thought to have money to spend on Moore, who scored 17 goals in 31 league appearances last season to help Barnsley win promotion back to the Championship at the first time of asking.
There are still two years remaining on Moore’s contract at Oakwell, putting the Tykes in a strong position to negotiate any offer that comes in for the striker.
If Moore does leave however, it seems that Barnsley are already considering alternatives to the 26-year-old, with Peterborough’s Toney reportedly being lined up as a potential replacement.
Wigan. Want Kieffer Moore at Barnsley. Have money left for the plunge. Barnsley keen on Ivan Toney as replacement.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) August 1, 2019
Toney, who coincidentally helped Wigan to League One promotion during the 2017/18 season, scored 16 goals in 44 league appearances for Posh during the previous campaign, helping them to a seventh-place finish in the third tier.
Like Moore, Toney still has two years remaining on his contract at his current club.
This could lead to an eventful end to the transfer window for the three clubs involved here.
Given the records of both Moore and Toney, you can fully understand why both of their clubs are keen to keep hold of them, as they look to achieve their respective aims for next season.
That being said, if Wigan do indeed have the money to afford Moore, then Barnsley’s resolve could be seriously tested, and they in turn would have the chance to push Peterborough over a move for Toney with the funds they would receive for Moore.
With barely a week to go until the close of the transfer window for Championship sides, the pressure is mounting on both Wigan and Barnsley to get their deals done sooner rather than later, so you imagine both sides will want this deal to be agreed one way or another as soon as possible.