Why Burnley’s interest in Toney seems plausible

Portsmouth have condemned the 'abhorrent' racist message sent to Peterborough forward Ivan Toney following Posh's 3-2 win at Fratton Park on Tuesday night.

Burnley's reported interest in Peterborough United striker Ivan Toney could stem from Sean Dyche's contacts at his former club Northampton Town.

Toney is the highest-rated player in League One so far this season, having scored 12 goals for promotion-chasing Posh.

The Sun report that London Road club have set a price-tag of £13 million on Toney’s head in a bid to ward off clubs ahead of the January transfer window.

And that would fit the kind of fee Posh chairman Darragh MacAntony hinted at when he stated “Toney will break the transfer record for a League One player when he goes, if he goes. He’ll certainly smash the Posh record.”

The current record for a transfer from League One is the reported £7.5m rising to £11m with add-ons that Everton paid Charlton Athletic for Ademola Lookman, who is now at RB Leipzig, in January 2017.

“We don’t want to lose anyone in January, but you can’t guarantee anything in football,” added MacAntony. “If we do lose anyone, they will be replaced.”

Peterborough will find it tough to replace Toney after the impact he has had on the club since his arrival from Newcastle United in August 2018.

The 23-year-old scored 16 League One goals in 22 appearances in his first full season and also netted four FA Cup goals in four games.

Newcastle will be kicking themselves for letting him go for a fee believed to be well under £1million, but he had hardly been pulling up any trees while he was with them – and being loaned out to the likes of Barnsley, Shrewsbury, Scunthorpe United and Wigan Athletic.

The Evening Chronicle believe the Magpies could benefit from a sell-on clause and it seems Toney’s trajectory will take him to the Premier League as Bournemouth and Burnley are said to be on his trail.

Clarets boss Dyche has never been afraid to look at the lower leagues for talent and one of his most successful deals was to snap up Johan Berg Gudmundsson and Nick Pope in a double deal from Charlton after the Addicks’ relegation to League One in 2016.

Dyche should also have the lowdown on Toney’s character and work ethic from his contacts at former club Northampton – where Toney came through the ranks before joining Newcastle.