West Ham will have to pay £30m to land Brentford striker Ivan Toney according to a report from TEAMtalk.
The Hammers have been linked with the Championship’s top scorer since the January transfer window and a summer swoop looks to be on the cards.
However, there’s a growing list of clubs reportedly keen on the 24-year-old with Arsenal, Leeds United, Wolves and Leicester City the latest to be named as potential suitors.
The report claims all of those sides have asked to be kept informed regarding Toney’s future, leading to Brentford naming their price.
Toney has managed 25 league goals this season, firing the Bees to the playoff mix and within a shot of automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Signing a striker this summer will be high on the list of priorities this summer for David Moyes as the Irons boss looks to replace the now-Ajax ace, Sebastien Haller.
Toney ticks numerous boxes, given the former prolific Peterborough star’s age, attributes and potential.
Valued at just £9m by Transfermarkt and with just two fleeting top-flight appearances early in his career, £30m seems like a price point the Hammers could understandably baulk at.
For the money asked there are better options available and perhaps that money would be better spent strengthen multiple areas of the squad.
Still, the striker would be a major coup for Moyes, especially amidst rival domestic interest – although much may still hinge on whether Brentford can earn promotion this season.