Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony has taken to Twitter to dismiss Bristol City’s interest in striker Ivan Toney, following reports in the Bristol Post.
Journalist Gregor MacGregor provided the initial update on Thursday afternoon, stating that City “are hopeful of landing” Toney during this window.
However, MacAnthony, who is well known for his openness on club transfers and his Twitter interactions with supporters, has poured cold water over Bristol City’s interest.
Thanks for updating us Gregor 😂. I'll add them to the long list. https://t.co/IFXHOCqsNf
— Darragh MacAnthony (@DMAC102) January 23, 2020
The Posh chief simply said “I’ll add them [Bristol City] to the long list”.
His response implies that City’s interest doesn’t change anything in the grand scheme of things, as it is likely that Toney is not for sale.
The 23-year-old is League One’s top scorer with 17 goals this term.
With Rodri departing Ashton Gate earlier on this month after his short-term deal ended, Lee Johnson has made it a top priority to recruit a striker.
With a week to go until the transfer window slams shut, however, time is quickly running out.
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Eddie Nketiah was linked with Bristol City prior to the window opening, but Arsenal have opted to keep him until the end of the season after his loan spell with Leeds United was cut short.
The Bristol Post also reported that the club had made an official approach to Burnley for Nahki Wells earlier this week, who is currently on a season-long loan at QPR.
The nature of the response from MacAnthony was expected, as throughout the transfer window, many teams in the Championship and the Premier League have shown interest in Toney, but no developments have been made.
From the outside looking in, Bristol City seem to be desperate to sign a striker with the transfer deadline a week away.
Toney is now the second forward in a week the club have been linked to, after Nahki Wells.
The 23-year-old has been excellent for Peterborough since he joined the club in the summer of 2018, scoring 40 goals in 85 games for the Posh.