There was news yesterday that Ivan Toney was having his medical at Newcastle United, and it’s likely that Newcastle will announce the signing of the 19 year-old striker from Northampton Town today.
We have been after Toney for some time now, and seem to have beaten off other clubs to his signature.
It helped that he is keen to join Newcastle.
Ivan Toney – could sign for Newcastle today
With the very good news yesterday that Chancel Mbemba has finally been signed by Newcastle on a five year deal subject to receiving a visa, the club probably didn’t want to announce Toney yesterday – even if everything had been tied up with the transfer.
So if the news was correct yesterday about having his medical yesterday – it was initially reported by ITV News and BBC Northampton – then there’s a good chance he could be announced today, as Newcastle’s fourth signing of the summer.
But he will not challenge for a first team place immediately, and Newcastle are likely to loan him out for a season – maybe back to Northampton Town.
That’s what we did last summer when we signed Nottingham Forest defenders Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles, who are now part of the first team squad at Newcastle.
Ivan is a great prospect and was just 16 years old when he made his first team debut at Northampton Town in November of 2012, and he became the youngest first team player in the Cobblers history.
Since then he has made 60 appearances with 13 goals and 6 assists for his home town club.
The 5ft 10ins tall center- forward is expected to cost around £500K and he will be one for the future at Newcastle, although Steve McClaren may want to have a good look at him before sending him out on loan.