Fulham were interested in beating Brentford to the signing of star striker Ivan Toney in the summer but did not pursue him for financial reasons, according to sporting director Tony Khan.
The striker provided yet another dazzling display yesterday to help the Bees come from behind to beat Reading 3-1 and go top of the Championship.
Toney scored once and assisted Brentford’s two other goals, meaning he is now the division’s top scorer and top provider of assists.
Peterborough United owner Darragh MacAnthony revealed on Twitter after the game that Fulham boss Scott Parker had been keen to sign the 24-year-old when the Posh sold him to the Bees in the summer.
Khan was quick to respond, claiming he was the one that had highlighted Toney as a target but that financial fair play constraints and financial issues caused by the current global circumstances meant they were unable to pursue a deal.
Instead, their west London rivals agreed a deal with Peterborough – which MacAnthony has indicated was more than £5 million – as they looked to replace Ollie Watkins.
That has proven a masterstroke as Toney has scored 23 times and added nine assists in 28 Championship games this season, helping Thomas Frank’s men climb right to the second tier summit.
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These comments are likely to frustrate Fulham fans, who will feel they should’ve been able to afford a striker that ended up securing a Championship move.
The 24-year-old may have been a League One player at the time but what we’ve seen this year just how talented he is, he’ll surely be in the top flight next term – with or without Brentford.
Last night’s performance was the latest example of what a masterstroke his arrival has been for the Bees.