‘Under Consideration’ – Report Confirms West Ham Are Still Pursuing England International Forward

West Ham are still interested in signing Brentford forward Ivan Toney, according to GiveMeSport.

The website report that the England international is one of three targets “under consideration” as the Hammers look to strengthen their forward line.

Toney is closing in on the final year of his contract and it is expected that he will leave the Bees before the transfer window shuts at the end of the summer.

The likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham have also been mentioned as potential suitors for the 28-year-old but their interest appears to have cooled in recent weeks.

Toney’s poor form in the second half of last season (having failed to score in his last 12 league games) is likely to have influenced clubs moving on to other targets. Brentford’s asking price may be a contributing factor as well.

How much will it cost to sign Toney?

Due to his contract situation, the striker won’t be as expensive as he was in January. At the time, it was reported that Brentford wanted £100m.

Since then, reports have claimed that Toney could be available for as little as £40m but respected journalist Fabrizio Romano has suggested that the valuation is above that figure.

Who are the other two forwards that West Ham are targeting?

GiveMeSport claim that the Irons are interested in Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesryi. The Moroccan international has worked with Julen Lopetegui before and his goal return of 20 goals in 41 matches last season was pretty impressive. Like Toney, he also has twelve months left on his contract.

Stuttgart’s Serhou Guirassy is another long-term target and the Guinean does have a £15m release clause. However, competition for the striker is said to be fierce with Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund currently favourites for his signature.

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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.