Chelsea and Tottenham considering Ivan Toney deal as Brentford theory dismissed

Chelsea and Tottenham are understood to be considering January swoops for Brentford striker Ivan Toney despite his lengthy ban. The England striker is refrained from playing until January 17 after also being hit with a £50,000 fine for breaking the Football Association’s betting rules.

Nonetheless, Toney’s stock remains high after he struck 20 times in 33 Premier League matches last season.

The Independent are reporting that Chelsea and Spurs are prepared to go head-to-head for his signature in January with both clubs still in the market for a new striker.

Chelsea are currently operating with Nicolas Jackson in a central role but Mauricio Pochettino is keen to add more goals to his ranks.

Whether they can find the right profile before the September 1 transfer deadline remains to be seen but there could still be movement on that front in the final two weeks of the window.

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Meanwhile, Spurs are in the market for a replacement for Harry Kane – although Richarlison will be handed a chance to impress as Spurs’ No.9.

Toney has impressed both clubs but Brentford aren’t entertaining the idea of a sale despite the player’s absence.

The report mentions that there has been some suggestion Toney could be available for as little as £40m but that is certainly news to Brentford.

In fact, speaking back in May, Bees boss Thomas Frank made it clear Toney’s future was with Brentford in west London.

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“I’ve been in contact with him. He’s disappointed and sad about the situation,” said Frank.

“His future is with Brentford, there’s no doubt about that.”

The 27-year-old was part of several England squads prior to his ban and he is expected to be integral for Brentford when he returns in the second half of the season.

Toney will be free to return to training with Brentford on September 17.

He has already been ticking over via his own personal training sessions as he targets a return to action in early 2024.

Speaking at the British Grand Prix in July, Toney made it clear he was ready for the challenge ahead as he vowed to make a difference on his return to action.

He told Sky Sports on the messages he has received since his ban: “It’s been good, of course it’s been good. But I’m a grown man, I take it on the chin and move forward. It’s all good… I know I’ll come back better than before.”

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