By Danny Wright

Ivan Toney is potentially close to leaving Newcastle on another loan deal, according to a report.

The Newcastle Chronicle claims that Wigan are interested in the 21-year-old striker and the Magpies are happy to let him leave St. James’ Park on a temporary basis once again.

Toney spent the second half of last season on loan with Scunthorpe and Iron boss Graham Alexander has already made it clear that he’s like to sign the forward once again ahead of the upcoming campaign.

However it is now understood that Toney “could” be closing in on a switch to the DW Stadium following Wigan’s relegation from the Championship.

The report adds that the Latics would be demanded to pay for the striker’s wages for the duration of his stay in Lancashire.

Toney spent the first half of the 2016/17 campaign with Shrewsbury where he struggled to find the net regularly as he scored seven goals in 26 appearances in all competitions.

He then switch to Scunthorpe in January where he managed to score a further seven times, with one of his goals coming in the play-off semi-finals loss to Millwall.

Football Insider Verdict

Toney could have a future at St. James’ Park, but not in the immediate future. It seems like most youngsters have found it hard to impress Rafa Benitez as the Toon boss seems set on bringing in more proven players from abroad rather than develop academy players. A loan switch to Wigan is definitely a step up from Scunthorpe and Shrewsbury for Toney, who appears to be showing progress just by looking at the teams interested in him. The Latics are expected to earn promotion back to the Championship side next season and it would be great if Toney got used to playing in a team that is used to winning and maybe even earn some silverware.

In other Newcastle news, a report has detailed how much the Magpies will have to pay in order to make Mikel Merino’s deal permanent.

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