Newcastle striker wanted by former club, manager hints deal can be agreed
By Coral Barry
Northampton manager Rob Page has revealed the club want to bring Ivan Toney back to the club on loan from Newcastle.
Toney joined Newcastle from the League One side last summer in a deal worth around £300,000 and Page has admitted Northampton are now looking into acquiring their former frontman’s services for the upcoming season.
The 20-year-old made his senior bow for Newcastle just a few months after arriving last August, but was loaned out to Barnsley for much of the season in a bid to gain regular first-team action.
Page has now revealed Northampton are hopeful a loan agreement can be reached as Newcastle focus their efforts on promotion back into the Premier League.
“I think that’s a natural one as he has been part of the football club and gone on to bigger things,” Page speaking to the Northampton Chronicle.
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“We have watched his career, and I certainly know about him from last season from his time at Barnsley, and it is an obvious name to mention.
“He is a fantastic talent, but I think he is one of two or three that are out there that tickle our fancy at the minute.”
Toney scored two goals and provided two assists in 21 appearances for Barnsley as he helped the club gain promotion back into the Championship via a play-off victory over Millwall.
Newcastle are reportedly close to finalising deals for Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie as the club aims to build a promotion winning Championship side.
Rafael Benitez has made finding a top striker his main priority meaning Toney may find it difficult to come across first-team minutes despite the step down in division for Newcastle.