Manager leaves striker out of Sunday’s friendly due to transfer talks with Newcastle
Yesterday brought claims that Newcastle were on the verge of bringing Ivan Toney to Tyneside after offering £300,000 for him.
Toney is a 19 year old striker turning out for Northampton Town in League Two and in total he has played 59 (29 in the starting eleven and 30 as a sub) times, in that time he has scored 13 goals.
Last season he started to get more regular football and made 40 (23 starts 17 sub) appearances with 8 goals.
Northampton played their first pre season friendly earlier today (Sunday) against Sileby Rangers and after the match, manager Chris Wilder admitted that the striker had been left out of the team due to ongoing talks with Newcastle.
However, if there isn’t any progress in those discussions with United, then Wlder expects that Toney will be involved on Tuesday when they play their next friendly at Worthing.
Chris Wilder speaking to the Northampton Chronicle and Echo:
“There have been discussions (with Newcastle), we can’t get away from that, and as I’ve said before, Ivan is a very, very good young player that will attract interest.
“He is coming down the road with us to Brighton, I will know more where we are after I have had discussions with the chairman today and tomorrow.
“If it is kicked on, then we’ll wait and see, and if it isn’t then Ivan will be involved on Tuesday night in the game (Northampton play Worthing).”
In that report in The Mirror linking Ivan Toney with Newcastle, the journalist mentioned casually in passing that if Ivan Toney is to be Newcastle’s first signing of the summer then it will have to happen quickly, or else the much in demand Georgino Wijnaldum will beat him to that honour.
On that front, despite claims by the Chronicle and the Sunday People that Newcastle were in advanced talks with PSV for their captain and playmaker, the Dutch press (Eindhoven Dagblad) have insisted today that Zenit are the only club to have made an offer for Wijnaldum and that was a bid of £8m which was rejected.
If you would like to feature on The Mag, submit your article to [email protected]