Journalist Claims West Ham Target Could Now Be “Available For Around £40M” As Club Slash Price Tag

West Ham transfer target Ivan Toney could be sold by Brentford for £40m this summer, according to journalist Simon Phillips.

Writing in his Substack about Chelsea, Phillips said that the Blues are also still interested in signing the England international with the player’s price tag having been reduced pretty dramatically:

“Ivan Toney, also still on our list, I understand would be available for around £40m this summer – Brentford will likely push for a bit more.”

Reports in January suggested that Brentford wanted as much as £100m for Toney, but his contract situation means the Bees won’t be able to hold out for such a high fee in the next transfer window.

Toney’s current deal expires in 2025 and he is not expected to extend his stay at the GTech Community Stadium.

West Ham would be very tempted if Toney is available for £40m

The Hammers have made signing a new striker a top priority. With Michail Antonio out of contract next month and the future of Danny Ings uncertain, there could soon be a dearth of options up front.

Toney has an outstanding goalscoring record, although he has been going through a goal drought recently, which may have played its part in his asking price being lowered. Even so, if Brentford do put him on the market for £40m,  West Ham would be fools not to consider a bid.

Other Premier League clubs will also enter the mix

It is believed that the original £100m valuation put off Arsenal in January and, while the Gunners are not expected to revive their interest, other teams may re-enter the race for his signature if he is sold for a reduced fee.

In addition to Chelsea, Tottenham are also believed to be interested, so West Ham will not have a clear path to securing Toney’s services.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.