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Newcastle United forward Ivan Toney has hit the form of his life while on loan at Scunthorpe after moving to the League One club in the January transfer window.

The 22-year-old has scored five goals in 11 league appearances since returning to the Iron for a second loan stint after finding success last term.

The former Northampton striker, who is under contract at St James’ Park until 2020, was on target once more on Friday when he scored against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium.

However although Toney has been on fire with Scunthorpe, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez must bin him in the summer and try to fetch a decent fee of a striker who is never going to get anywhere near to breaking into the first-team on Tyneside.

Toney has also shown signs of dissent towards the Magpies in a bizarre Twitter outburst when he moaned about the club not wishing him happy birthday earlier this month. He has since deleted the tweet but the Toon Army were less than pleased with the stroppy birthday boy, with one even saying he should be transfer listed.

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Benitez has struggled to fund an overhaul of the first-team since promotion to the Premier League was achieved and as long as Mike Ashley still owns the North-East giants then the Magpies will no doubt be scrounging around for every last penny they can get.

Toney’s form could mean that a Championship club would be willing to pay a fee for him in the summer and as long as it comes near to his valuation then Benitez should cash in without hesitation.

In other Newcastle United news, Magpies fans have urged Benitez to sign this dazzling attacker in the summer after a major development.

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