It might not be the signing Newcastle fans were quite hoping for but it looks as though the club may need to book an extra seat for Ivan Toney, when they head off to America next weekend.
Northampton Chairman David Cardoza has revealed that his club are 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 confirms that he has been in talks with Newcastle and that he is 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 is 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.
The Northampton Chronicle and Echo spoke to Graham Cardoza and also added that despite no offer as yet, they understood that Steve McClaren wants the deal concluded in time for Ivan Toney to travel to America with the first team squad next weekend.
“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.”
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“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.”