The mini transfer saga of Ivan Toney and a possible move to Tyneside appears to be coming to a conclusion.
The Northampton striker arrived at St James Park this week and has trained with the younger players in the development squad as part of a trial before you buy.
A match has now been arranged behind closed doors against Gateshead on Sunday (1pm kick-off) to further help make a decision on whether to sign Ivan Toney.
A fee of £500,000 including performance related add-ons has been speculated, fitting in with previous claims of a potential fee of around £300,000 plus extra money later based on appearances etc.
Newcastle fans reported seeing the 19 year old striker in the crowd at Bootham Crescent as York City beat United 2-1 on Wednesday, whilst the club’s media partner The Mirror stated that Ivan Toney had taken a medical on Thursday.
Three weeks ago, Northampton Chairman David Cardoza had revealed that his club were prepared to take a lower initial transfer offer, in return for a Newcastle deal that would offer potentially more money based on the player progressing at St James Park.
Cardoza then confirmed that he had been in talks with Newcastle and that he was waiting for the offer from United.
Wolves were reported to have had an offer of £600,000 turned down for Ivan Toney last November and there was talk of Northampton potentially accepting an offer as low as £300,000 but with attractive add-ons.
United Chief Scout Graham Carr both played for and managed Northampton and still lives in the area, plus as a regular visitor to watch Northampton play he has seen plenty of the striker.
Northampton Chairman Graham Cardoza 6 July 2015:
“I can’t say any more at the moment, other than there has been discussions with Newcastle.
“I am expecting to hear something from them, but nothing yet. There have been a number of conversations, but we are still waiting to hear something definite.”
Every football player’s dream:
“We have to get the best deal and if there are add-ons and all the other extras, then it means that as Ivan improves over the years, the club will continue to get some income from it. That’s the way it should be.”
“What can we do? It is a massive Premier League club, it is every footballer’s dream to play for a club like that and I hope it happens for Ivan. It would be good for the club, but it would be fantastic for him.”