Cobblers striker Ivan Toney is reportedly on the verge of moving to Premier League side Newcastle United.
Reports say that the 19-year-old Northampton-born Toney will cost The Magpies, which is now managed by former England boss Steve McClaren, a fee of around 300,000.
There has been much speculation regarding the teenage forward in the past, and rumors of a move to the Championship side Wolves died at the 11th hour last season. Reportedly, the only reason the move didn’t happen was due to the fact that Toney failed a medical with the Championship Club.
Now, Northampton Town boss Chris Wilder has confirmed that Newcastle United have held initial talks with the club over the young player, and he opted to leave him out of yesterday’s 1-0 pre-season friendly victory at Sileby Rangers.
However, Wilder is set to hold talks with Northampton chairman David Cardoza over the next couple of days to see if the striker will be part of the club’s pre-season program in Brighton next week.
Speaking to the Chronicle and Echo, Wilder said, “There have been discussions and we can’t get away from that. As I have said before, Ivan is a very, very good young player that will attract interest.”
Since he made his debut at the age of 16 back in 2012,Toney has made 53 appearances for the Cobblers and has netted 11 Football League goals.
He was the youngest player ever to represent Northampton and, due to his age, he would have significant sell-on potential for the Magpies.