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Newcastle transfer news: Brentford's asking price for Ivan Toney

If Newcastle want to re-sign Ivan Toney, they might have to break their transfer record.

The Magpies are looking to sign a new striker this summer, with competition needed for Callum Wilson. The 30-year-old was the club’s top scorer last season with eight, but missed a lot of football due to injury.

His fitness woes mean Eddie Howe needs to bring in another forward, with Brentford’s number 17 a reported target.

Toney was first linked with a move back to St James’ Park in April, with the Telegraph claiming he could cost more than £30million.

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In fact, Brentford’s asking price could be even higher.

Brentford want more than £50million for Ivan Toney

According to the Athletic, the Bees want more than £50million for the 26-year-old. That is an astonishing amount of money.

A move to Newcastle worth more than £50million would make Toney the Magpies’ most expensive signing ever. It would also make a mockery of the previous regime at St James’ Park.

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Toney is, of course, a former Magpie. He joined Newcastle in 2015 as a teenager, but had a forgetful spell on Tyneside.

Most of his time was spent out on loan, with Toney making just four appearances for the Newcastle first-team. He was then sold in 2018, joining Peterborough for £650,000.

Since that move he’s never looked back. He’s scored goals in League One, the Championship and Premier League, earning a £5million move to Brentford along the way.

After hitting 12 goals in his first proper season in the Premier League, Brentford now want 10 times what they paid in 2020.

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It’s easy to understand why Thomas Frank’s side want such a sizeable fee. He’s been so valuable to them over the past two seasons. He’s netted a remarkable 47 goals in all competitions.

But will that convince Newcastle to fork out more than £50million on him? It doesn’t feel likely.

Either Brentford need to lower their asking price or Newcastle need to look elsewhere. At the minute, there’s surely no chance they will spend almost 77 times more than what he cost seven years ago.

Selling Toney was a mistake, and re-signing him could make it an even costlier one.

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