Tottenham Hotspur have gained an advantage in the race to sign a striker.
“Tottenham have a sneaky advantage in the race to sign Ivan Toney (27, Brentford),” the English outlet TeamTalk reported on Aug. 8.
Toney is considered a steadily improving striker. A product of Northampton’s youth system, he has progressed steadily through the ranks with spells at Newcastle, Barnsley, Wigan, and Peterborough.
Joining Brandford was a turning point in his career. Tony scored 31 goals in 45 games in the English Championship (2nd Division) in the 20/21 season, emerging as the next big thing.
His transition to the Premier League has been smooth. He scored 20 goals in 33 Premier League games in the 22/23 season, finishing third in the league’s top scorers behind Elling Holland (36) and Harry Kane (30).
His resurgence began after serving a suspension for illegal betting. He proved his fitness in the 21st round of this season’s league against Nottingham Forest, scoring a goal in the team’s 3-2 win.
The interest in Tosun is heating up. Not only Tottenham, but Arsenal and Chelsea have been linked with a move for him since last summer.
Tottenham are leading the race to sign the player. According to reports, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has a close relationship with Toney’s agency, CAA Stellar Sports.
CAA Stellar Sports, which is responsible for Spurs’ Ben Davies and Fraser Forster, is known for its long-standing relationship with Spurs chairman Levy.
They also collaborated last summer. CAA Stellar Sports was reportedly involved in the transfer negotiations for Joe Roden and Harry Winks when they left Spurs.
The trust is expected to be a positive for Toney’s negotiations. “Levy will use his relationship with CAA Stellar Sports to secure Tony’s signature this summer,” said TeamTalk.
Spurs’ interest in Toney is not sudden. “Tony was keen to join Spurs as a replacement for Kane 18 months ago when Manchester United (Man United) were close to signing him,” an anonymous source recently claimed on air.
“I know that Tony’s agent worked really hard to get him to Tottenham at the time,” the source added.