According to reports in Italy, Carlo Ancelotti has his eye on Brentford striker Ivan Toney.
As per CalcioMercato, the 24-year-old hitman is on Everton’s radar ahead of the January transfer window.
He only moved to the west London club this summer, but has absolutely hit the ground running.
Toney moved up from League 1 outfit Peterborough United to the Championship and has 13 goals to his name already.
What would he bring to Goodison Park?
He’s got great pace, which makes him capable of running in behind, and he has taken the jump up in quality in his stride.
Brentford play a fluid, high-pressing system and Toney leads that from the front expertly.
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He’s not as imposing physically as Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but he would be a more dangerous backup option than Cenk Tosun.
There’s no mention of a transfer valuation in the report from Italy – which isn’t helpful.
Sky Sports report he cost an initial £5 million, but the deal could rise to a maximum of £10 million.
Given Toney’s form, Everton might expect to pay at least double that now. Ollie Watkins’s move from Brentford to Aston Villa cost £28 million (Guardian), which also provides another pointer.
But given the success of Watkins and Patrick Bamford in jumping up from the second tier to the top flight, perhaps shopping domestically would be more effective than another expensive punt from a foreign league like Tosun.
Nigel Martyn speaking to Everton News: Archive