Brentford forward Ivan Toney is reportedly in line to be offered a new long-term contract.
When Toney arrived from Peterborough United in 2020, he was a player with just two Premier League appearances to his name, both of which came during 2015-16.
However, the 26-year-old has since gone on to become regarded as one of the best frontmen in English football having contributed a total of 53 goals from 99 appearances in all competitions.
Although over half of those strikes came during Brentford’s promotion campaign in the Championship in 2020-21, Toney has 18 goals from 47 outings in the Premier League.
Toney’s form was rewarded with a call-up to Gareth Southgate‘s latest England squad, an indication that he will come into contention for his 26-player group for the World Cup.
While Toney did not make it onto the field against either Italy or Germany, the perception is that he will be on the radar of bigger clubs in the top flight.
According to The Mirror, Brentford intend to negate any interest in their star man’s future with the offer of a new deal.
Despite still having over two-and-a-half years remaining on his existing terms, the report highlights that Toney is still on the terms that were agreed when he first signed with the Bees.
The Brentford hierarchy are allegedly keen to ensure that his proposed deal reflects his status at the club and in the Premier League.
Frank recently talked up the significance of Toney being called up to the England squad, telling the club’s official website: “He is one of our leaders and has excelled as a player and a person.
“Every match, Brentford fans can see what he brings to our team, all over the pitch, and I hope England fans get a chance to see it as well. Tributes should also be paid to his family and everyone who has worked with him at previous clubs to help him develop.
“To have someone in the England squad is a huge achievement for everyone at the Club. To have an English player, at an English club, in the England squad, given the competition for those places, is a moment for us to cherish.”
Since that development, it has been reported that Manchester United are contemplating a future move for the former Newcastle United youngster.
A spot in Erik ten Hag‘s squad will become vacant if Cristiano Ronaldo is allowed to depart Old Trafford during the January window.