Leicester City are interested in making a potential summer move for Brentford star Ivan Toney, with the Foxes weighing up a move as they look to find a long-term successor for Jamie Vardy.
Toney has been in remarkable form in the Championship for the Bees so far this campaign, and the 24-year-old has more than justified his price tag which could rise to £10 million.
The forward has managed to register an impressive tally of 24 goals in just 30 Championship appearances (Sofascore) for Brentford to spearhead their automatic promotion charge.
However, Brentford are set to be without their influential top scorer for the next few weeks with him suffering an ankle injury and missing out on their third straight defeat at Coventry City on Saturday.
The Bees’ promotion push has been dented by those results and in Toney’s absence, they will need to find a way to improve, with promotion their only real chance of keeping him in the summer.
It has now emerged that Leicester are considering a move for Toney in the summer, with the Premier League club seeing him as having the potential to be a long-term replacement for the highly influential Vardy.
While it is also reported that Brentford are aware they will face a challenge keeping hold of him if they do not go on to earn promotion, per The Mirror.
Losing Toney would be a major blow for the Bees, and we are about to see how well they can cope without their top scorer over the next few weeks with him out injured. They have at times perhaps been a little too heavily reliant on him to score their goals, and without him they failed to find the net in defeat at Coventry.
The 24-year-old looks destined for the Premier League next term irrespective of what happens with the Bees’ promotion push. Brentford are a club that do not stand in the way of their players moving on to pastures new if they have outgrown them. Thomas Frank will be desperate to guide them to promotion, so he does not lose another rising star in the summer.
Leicester would be a good fit for Toney, but only if they guaranteed him enough minutes alongside Vardy next season. The fact that they are likely to be in Europe next term does perhaps add to the chances he would get with the Foxes.