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Pundit tips Hammers to snap up red-hot Championship ace

West Ham have been tipped to sign Ivan Toney this summer.

The Hammers have been linked with an interest in the Brentford striker in previous months.

He has been in electric form in the second-tier and has scored 24 goals in just 30 games.

Eurosport claimed earlier this year that the Irons hold an interest in potentially swooping for the striker in the summer as a back-up to Mikey Antonio.

Of course, the Irons kept their powder dry in January and didn’t bring in a replacement for the departed Seb Haller, who moved to Ajax.

And former Premier League striker Gabriel Agbonlahor believes the Irons should make a move for the pacey hitman when the transfer window reopens.

Indeed, he even believes it could bring more out of Antonio, knowing that he has another striker breathing down his neck trying to take his spot in David Moyes’ starting XI.

The former Aston Villa man said: “He’d be a great signing 100%.

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“West Ham have got to start looking at younger players. They’ve got to start looking at players that they could get a good six or seven years out of, rather than older players.

“We’ve seen what Watkins has done in the Premier League after coming from the Championship and there’s no reason that Toney can’t do the same.

“I think he’d be a great signing and he can give Antonio competition next season and push him for a starting place, maybe even take his place off him.

“It will add to Antonio’s game knowing that he’s not guaranteed to start every week.”

Agbonlahor was talking to Football Insider.

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4 comments on “Pundit tips Hammers to snap up red-hot Championship ace

  1. I’ve not seen Ivan play but based on his championship form I’m guessing the bees won’t let him go cheap. I think we need a seasoned (mid-late 20s) striker to push/replace Antonio in the starting lineup. Then we can go looking for a young gun as their back up (which we may already have in u23s).

    • Sounds right to me WestOz. Really don’t understand “West Ham have got to start looking at younger players. They’ve got to start looking at players that they could get a good six or seven years out of, rather than older players.” This comment might apply to a club in the lower leagues but at West Ham we are looking to continue existence in the Premier League. ‘Got to’ really doesn’t come into the conversation. Seems like Gabby is desperate for a bit of luck on the recommendation scene. Be able to call in a favour if any moves work out. Leave the strategy to the owners and the management team.

      • Oh, and I don’t think Michail Antonio needs someone breathing down his neck to perform at his best for West Ham. Antonio is a genuine footballer who tries 100% every moment on the pitch. To suggest otherwise is ridiculous.

  2. Overrated imo …can do better than that ,unless they are going for cheap options ,

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