EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Newcastle United striker Ivan Toney is to join Scunthorpe on loan today (Thursday) after his move to Wigan was cancelled early, Football Insider sources understand.
Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander is a big fan of Toney with the striker scoring seven goals in 17 appearances on loan at the club last season.
Toney was recalled by Newcastle on Wednesday as they were unhappy with the amount of game-time he was getting at Wigan in recent weeks and took advantage of a termination clause in the season-long deal.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that a deal is in place for Toney immediately head to League One outfit Scunthorpe, who are placed fourth in the table and challenging for promotion.
The 21-year-old has started on the bench in the last eight games for Wigan and Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez wants him to be playing regularly.
Toney still managed to score six goals for Wigan from his 28 appearances, although most of appearance came from the bench.
Newcastle are happy to loan out Toney again for the second half of the season so that he can continue his development by playing regular first-team football.
A number of League One clubs have expressed an interest in signing Toney, but promotion hopefuls Scunthorpe are poised to land the highly-rated 21-year-old.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, the Magpies are working on a deal to sign a Belgian forward with the world at his feet.