The Daily Mirror have claimed that the auction for Ivan Toney has ‘effectively begun’, with Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal among the clubs interested in the Brentford star.

Toney’s ban for breaching the FA’s betting rules runs out in January but the striker has already returned to training at Brentford.

The Mirror claim that the centre-forward, who recently signed with CAA Base, has no shortage of suitors from London, with Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea said to be keeping an eye on his situation.

It is alleged that even though Toney would only have 18 months left on his contract in January, Brentford will demand at least £60m for his services.

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND – APRIL 29: Ivan Toney of Brentford runs for the ball during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Nottingham Forest at Brentford Community Stadium on April 29, 2023 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Brentford want £60m or more for Ivan Toney

If the Bees do not receive such an offer, they are thought to be ready to keep hold of the player until the summer, knowing that his goals will help them push up the table.

The report adds that Arsenal would have almost certainly made a bid for Toney in the summer if not for his ban, with the striker said to have admirers at the Emirates.

Finally, the outlet claims that Manchester United’s interest in the 27-year-old has now waned now after they secured the services of Rasmus Hojlund.

Spurs Web Opinion

I would be surprised if Tottenham get involved in a bidding war for Toney. Ange seems happy to have a fluid frontline rather than lining up with an out-and-out centre-forward.

Spurs’ focus in the January window will likely be on strengthening in central defence and upgrading on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg if the Dane leaves.

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