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Hammers keep eye on new striker option

Brentford’s Ivan Toney has become another striker on the list of potential West Ham targets this summer.

The 25 year old has a contract with the Bees until 2025 but after scoring 29 goals in 47  games this season is now on the radar of several top clubs.

We understand the Hammers have been talking to the player’s representatives for the former Peterborough United and Northampton Town striker.

He joined the Bees last season after scoring 40 goals in 76 appearances for the Posh and  director of football at London Road Barry Fry revealed recently that he had recommended the player to his former Birmingham City chairman David Sullivan.

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Instead Brentford came in and signed the player who is now attracting the attention of several Premier League clubs which are believed to include Everton, Leeds, Wolves and Palace.

However, all five clubs could miss out if the Bees are promoted to the Premier League and they currently sit in third place.

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4 comments on “Hammers keep eye on new striker option

  1. Poor scouting really not just us but other premier league clubs as well.
    Maybe we should be looking at employing the recruitment staff at Brentford and save ourselves millions.

    • 100% should, been saying that for years. Brentford imo have one of the best recruitment in England & Europe. Not just Toney bc really he was kind of obvious he was Smashing it for Peterborough but think the likes of Walktins, Mapauy, Benny last two cost £4m together then Egan, Tarkwoski, Damsgaard, Jensen & Dasilva has been massive. Not only do they find Gems but the make money. By last summer before Benny & Walktins they had made over £100m in 5 years now £200m. They got Forss Mbeumbo too.
      They have two DOFs & huge Analytics squad. Rasmus Ankersen is a magician has a good too about study sport all over the world & Giles is under him. If they don’t come up this season we should be all in for Ankersen imo only 36 he has done wonders there this is his 6th season since he came in it really turned around & he has done it at Midtjylland too where he is still Chairman.
      I would be very happy to bin off Yarmo & give his wages to Ankersen & staff of scouts & analyst. He already has those relationships in Denmark Spain allover plus they are good about developing & where to loan there players. Be massive for us imo in football & business helps us find Gems on budget & make money by selling players instead of taking loss like we usually do.

      • Sorry Good Book too* The Gold Mine Effect has a second now I haven’t read Hunger Paradise I believe. But would love him to take over DOF or Technical Director future say on Managers after Moyes but Moyes should still have final say but supposedly Moyes wants a DOF or is ok with one & wants a better scouting infrastructure. At 36 of we treat him right he could be with us for decades & really help is push fwd in scouting & more.

  2. Think he fits the Moyes type , full of energy , knows where the goal is , can turn on a sixpence. Hungry to improve and be best PL striker. If Moyes wants him believe me he will be right for the system , team spirit , the club & fans . DM likes this type of player , I believe DM & the team will make him better . If DM wants him than go get him £30 million willl be worth every penny IMO ⚒

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