Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony has told interested clubs that they will have to pay more than the Posh received for Dwight Gayle if they want to snap up Ivan Toney.
Middlesbrough, along with Derby County and Charlton Athletic, are all said to be keen on signing the 23-year-old, who has scored 12 goals in League One this season. In a Q&A session, MacAnthony said that they expect any club to exceed the £6m that Crystal Palace paid for Gayle:
“Ivan Toney will break the record if he ever gets sold out of League One for a League One sale. He’s definitely worth a lot more than we’ve been offered and definitely worth a lot more than the previous sales we’ve had.”
“If we sold Ivan, and we’ve told clubs this, it would be for a Peterborough transfer record, for a lot more than we’ve done before.”
Boro are short of goals having managed just 11 in their 15 league games so far. It is the lowest total in the Championship and manager Jonathan Woodgate will be desperate to recruit another forward in January.
Toney is certainly one of the most prolific strikers around as he currently leads the goalscoring charts in League One, but it remains to be seen whether the Teessiders can match the asking price that Peterborough are demanding.