Brentford are expected to demand £30m for striker Ivan Toney this summer, according to reports in the English media.
West Ham, Arsenal, Leeds and Leicester have been mentioned as potential suitors for the 25-year-old, who has scored 29 goals in 42 appearances for the Bees this season.
However, Toney has not been in great form recently, having scored just once in his last six appearances, leading to a debate on Twitter about whether the forward would be worth the outlay:
PAY THE MONEY ⚒⚒⚒
— Adam Nunn #GSBOUT? (@adamhammer7261) April 26, 2021
Rather spend it on Belotti
— Matt ⚒ (@YorksHammerMatt) April 26, 2021
Pay the price
— Dylan Steggle (@Dylan_steggle) April 26, 2021
Not worth it. Streaky player with no PL experience
— Haris Džananović (@dznnvc) April 27, 2021
He’s only scored 1 goal in open play in his last 10 games. Unreal season but that’s a pretty bad spell in the Championship.
— Kris Johnson (@kjohno10) April 27, 2021
Pay it he fits our system perfectly.He scores goals for fun.
— Jon goodman (@Jongoodman20) April 26, 2021
I would’ve said pay the money but then we found out the difference between a world class Brentford championship player and then a £30m West Ham player was in Benrahma
— ⚒️ (@LewisWHU__) April 26, 2021
Tbf Watkins managed the jump up okay
— Arthur Richards (@r4bees) April 26, 2021
Hammers boss David Moyes would be taking a chance if he did shell out on Toney this summer, but he has done it previously, having spent £25m on Jarrod Bowen from Hull, which turned out to be a success.
Toney is certainly the type of striker who would fit the club’s style of play, and if he can replicate even some of the form he has managed in the Championship, the Irons could be on to a winner.