West Ham are set to rival Chelsea for Brentford’s £35million-rated striker Ivan Toney
this summer, according to reports.
The Brentford striker has enjoyed a stunning debut season in the Championship and
has scored 30 goals since arriving from Peterborough.
West Ham are desperate to beef up their striker options and do have some money to spend in the summer.
Toney, 25, joined the Bees in a £5m deal rising to £10m with add-ons.
Brentford will feature in the play-offs and if they fail to land promotion, their star man looks certain to be sold.
Chelsea, are among the other clubs who have been watching the former Northampton
and Newcastle forward.
But a number of other forwards – including Romelu Lukaku – are higher on the
Brentford was able to sign Toney last year thanks to some of the profit they made
after selling Ollie Watkins to Aston Villa for £28m.
Injury-prone Michail Antonio is the only striker West Ham has on the books.
And the East Londoners have also been heavily linked with Chelsea striker
Tammy Abraham is likely to leave to make way for Toney or Lukaku.
Toney told Sportsmail last month that he feels ready to step up to England’s top-flight, with or without Brentford.
He said: ‘I feel like I’m more than ready to step up into the Premier League. I feel the qualities the players have, I can fit in perfectly. The deliveries the players get, I’d be able to get on the end of crosses.
‘I feel like I would slot into the majority of teams in the Premier League. I don’t mean that in a big-headed way but I do feel I’d be capable of doing certain things that other strikers might not be able to.’
Peterborough director of football Barry Fry claims Toney is also confident and set for a Premier League spot.
Whilst speaking about the Brentford man, Fry also told Sportsmail in April: ‘Can he do it in the Premier League? One million percent he can. A goalscorer like him will score goals at any level.
‘He’ll be playing with better players for one thing. It’s just that whoever wants to buy him will have to pay £30million or £40m for him now.’