According to The Athletic, Everton are preparing to make a summer bid for Brentford striker Ivan Toney – but Leicester City are planning a move too.
It’s claimed that the Toffees are already planning to make Brentford an offer at the end of the campaign, which could be a little longer yet.
The Bees are heading into the Championship playoffs, extending their season – and giving themselves a chance to reach the Premier League next season.
If Brentford do go up, it’s hard to see them selling Toney, but Everton and Leicester are both hoping to convince them to let him go no matter what division they’re in.
Toney, 25, joined Brentford from Peterborough United in a £5million move last summer, and he has been a goalscoring sensation in West London with 30 goals in 44 games.
Everton do need to find another striker. The winter move for Josh King hasn’t really worked out, and he will likely be let go when his short-term contract ends this summer.
Toney could be an ideal complement to Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the Everton attack, though don’t expect Brentford to sell on the cheap – even if they don’t win promotion.
Leicester have been playing with two strikers of late, and may believe that Toney can compete with Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy, potentially becoming Vardy’s long-term heir.
Toney deserves a shot at Premier League success having excelled in League One and the Championship, and it looks like Everton are preparing a big offer for him – though finalising a move won’t be easy.