£60 million striker could have joined Irons for £10m


Ivan Toney

Football is full of ironies and another directly affecting the Hammers has arisen via former Spurs manager Tim Sherwood who reckons the Hammers should dig up a reported £60 million for Brentford’s Ivan Toney.

Sherwood was making his point on Sky Sports News at lunchtime and although the striker’s ban for betting offences isn’t up until January, Sherwood reckons he should be David Moyes first port of call in the winter window.

Sherwood said: “I think West Ham should move in. I think he is a perfect David Moyes player.”

However, what Sherwood may not know is that the front man was offered to David Moyes for £10 million and was turned down before joining the Bees.”

Director of Football for his former club Peterbough, Barry Fry, told Claret and Hugh that the Hammers had been the first club he had contacted.

Fry of course is a friend of David Sullivan and at that time, David Gold, having been their manager at Birmingham City.

He told us: “The Hammers had had a very good look at him scouting him on a number of occasions but in the end decided not to make an offer”  – a position later confirmed by Moyes

Brentford manager Thomas Frank has already said Toney could be sold at the right price which is around the £60 million mark!

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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