Newcastle: Eddie Howe urged to snub 144-goal star at St James' Park

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe

Newcastle United target Ivan Toney will not take Eddie Howe’s side into the top six, says former Premier League midfielder Carlton Palmer.

The Brentford star is one striker who the Tyneside club are thought to be looking at ahead of the summer transfer window.

What is the latest news involving Toney?

Newcastle’s search for a new No.9 seems to have taken them to Toney, who played for the Magpies before leaving for Peterborough back in 2018.

As per The Telegraph, the 26-year-old has become a target for Howe, with Benfica’s Darwin Nunez no longer seen as a viable option.

Interest in Toney comes after a strong season in the Premier League. The Englishman has scored more than 10 times in the top flight this term, helping Brentford to stay away from what has been a fierce relegation battle down at the bottom.

He is unlikely to come cheap, though, as 90min has claimed that the Bees are likely to demand a fee in excess of £50m.

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What has Palmer said about Toney and Newcastle?

While Palmer thinks Toney is a good player, the ex-Leeds United and Southampton star does not believe he can take Newcastle into the top six.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Palmer said: “I don’t think they’ll go after Toney. If they finish in the top half of the table, and it looks like they’re going to do that, which is an incredible achievement, is Ivan Toney the striker that’s going to take them into the top six [after]?

“I don’t believe he is. I think he’s a good player, but he’s not going to take them into the top six.”

Who else is interested in Toney?

According to 90min, Arsenal, West Ham, Everton and Wolves also have eyes on Toney, so there could be a real transfer tussle for his signature this summer.

Does he have the ability to fire the Magpies into the top six next season? Maybe not single-handedly, but the former Peterborough man, who has been described as an “exceptional” forward by Posh director of football Barry Fry, has probably done enough this term to prove that he would be an upgrade on what Howe currently has at his disposal.

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The 144-goal striker does not miss too many games, which is a problem Newcastle have had with Callum Wilson, while his numbers have been better than Chris Wood’s this season, with the New Zealand international registering just five times in the Premier League.

So while Toney is someone who may not completely transform Newcastle, he could still be a good addition to their squad.

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