Northampton Town striker Ivan Toney is on Tyneside and was supposed to have had a medical at Newcastle before a deal was signed for the 19 year-old, and there was news yesterday that Toney trained with the squad yesterday with Steve McClaren looking on.
The Chronicle reported yesterday the youngster is essentially on a two day trial and will train with the U21 squad as he is assessed by the coaches, with a view to signing a deal that will be up to £500K.
Ivan Toney – having two day trial
He was reported to be on Tyneside on Thursday having a medical, and that may have already happened, but the two day trial started yesterday and will complete today.
We would expect the teenager to be at the game this afternoon against Borussia Monchengladbach – and presumably he will know by then if Newcastle will sign him.
He was almost signed by Wolves last summer, and is a very highly young striker who has one year left on his contract at his home town club.
He’s played 60 games for Northampton with 13 goals and 6 assist, and when he made his debut back in November 2012, he became the youngest first team player in the Cobblers history at just 16 years old.
That was in a 3–3 draw with Bradford City at Valley Parade in the FA Cup.
The clubs are reported to be close on a fee thought to be anywhere from £300K to £500K depending on which reports you read,
He would likely be loaned out for the season if he signs on at Newcastle, once Steve McClaren and the coaching staff are able to take a closer look at him in training.
Newcastle will continue to bring in youngsters like Ivan, as they try to spot up and coming talent who are still teenagers.