This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
In-form Brentford striker Ivan Toney is reportedly on West Ham United’s transfer radar ahead of the summer.
The Bees forward has fired in 23 goals and added nine assists in his first season in the Championship and, speaking on the West Ham Way podcast (Thursday February 11th), ExWHUemployee claimed the Hammers are keen on him.
But would he be a good signing? And how much should Brentford be asking for him?
We quizzed our FLW writers on just that…
I think they need to use the Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma price tags as a base mark for how much they should demand.
West Ham would be signing a proven scorer at EFL level and it would be interesting to see how he would fare in the Premier League.
I can only see this move happening if Brentford don’t achieve promotion, so watch this space.
The Hammers should certainly be prepared to bid high if they do indeed make a move for Toney this summer.
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He’d be an amazing signing, there are no two ways about it.
Toney is in electric form this season and his goal return is quite simply phenomenal having taken the step up from League One to the Championship with ease.
At just 24 years old, Toney is well on course to break Glenn Murray’s record of a 30 goal haul in the Championship, which is no mean feat and just showcases the type of striker we’re talking about.
It’s no secret that the Hammers could do with adding a new striker in the next transfer window and Toney would be an excellent option.
They’ve had success with plucking players from the EFL, with Cresswell, Bowen, and Benrahma excelling, so I don’t see why they shouldn’t dip in for him again.
Toney is strong, powerful, and has a killer edge in front of goal, whilst also offers a lot off of the ball with his assist record also not to be sniffed at.
I think this would be a really good signing for West Ham to make.
They never really replaced Sebastien Haller following his departure in January, which has left the Hammers rather short of options in attack, something they will have to address in the summer if they are to build on the promise they have shown this season.
Given the huge impact he has made at Championship level – where West Ham have enjoyed success with their recruitment recently – following his move from League One last summer, it does seem as though Toney has the potential to make the step up to the Premier League to fill that void at The London Stadium.
However, given his importance to Brentford right now, and the fact that with more than four years remaining on his contract the Bees are in a strong position to negotiate any offers that come in, I think they should be demanding around £20million if they are still in the Championship next season, and I don’t think they should be selling at all if they win promotion this summer.