West Ham could have signed Ivan Toney in 2020, only for owner David Sullivan to ignore reports
West Ham fans are livid with owner David Sullivan once again, as it has emerged that he turned down the chance to sign Ivan Toney while he was at Peterborough United.
After leaving Newcastle United in 2018, Toney signed for the Posh for around £650,000 and scored 40 goals in 76 appearances, before Brentford snapped him up.
Toney’s goals for the Bees propelled them to the Premier League for the first time in their history, and he broke the Championship goal scoring record along the way, netting 33 goals during the league campaign, so it’s fair to say he’s done well since leaving London Road.
Speaking to Football Fan Cast, Peterborough chairman Barry Fry claims he spoke to David Sullivan when the club knew they wouldn’t be able to keep hold of their star man, telling him that he would be perfect for the Hammers to compete with Michail Antonio up front.
But Sullivan rebuffed Fry’s recommendation, doubting that Toney would be make an impact in the Championship, and also claiming that the fee Peterborough wanted was too much. It’s worth remembering that Brentford paid just £5m for the striker.
It’s another sliding doors moment for West Ham, but in fairness they’ve done well without him. The Hammers will play Europa League football next season, but if they’re to sign a striker to help out Antonio, it’ll likely cost them more than £5m.