Rangers and Celtic are both set to miss out on £10m+ rated Peterborough forward Ivan Toney, according to a leading Scottish football journalist.
Raman Bhardwaj is claiming that Premier League hopefuls Brentford are close to agreeing a deal with the player with Celtic having a £5m bid rejected for the forward last week.
Understand Brentford are close to agreeing a transfer fee with Peterborough for Celtic target Ivan Toney. Celtic’s bid of £5m for the striker was rejected over a week ago.
— Raman Bhardwaj (@ramanbhardwajTV) August 3, 2020
Old Firm rivals Celtic were said to have “stolen a march” on Rangers in the pursuit of Toney, with Rangers reliant on any potential Morelos sale to fund the move.
Rangers had previously been linked with a move for Toney alongside Celtic back in June by comments made by Posh director of football Barry Fry.
“I’ve had agents on telling me that Rangers and Celtic are very interested,” Fry told The Daily Mail (9 June, page 79).
“But I haven’t had any calls from either Rangers or Celtic, personally.
“If they have any sense, they’ll pay us £15million to get him.
“If they haven’t any sense at all, then I won’t be hearing from them.”
The comments of Bhardwaj also come after English football journalist Jordan Davies claimed Brentford were on the verge of signing the player last week.
Toney is known to be valued at £10m plus £2m in add-ons by Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony.
“Ten million as a fee and £2m in add-ons, that’s the number that would turn our heads.”
Reports emerging today have also claimed that Rangers are getting closer to securing the signing of Anderlecht striker Kemar Roofe [HLN Sports].