By Wayne Veysey

12th Aug, 2020 | 8:39am

Exclusive: Door opens for West Brom & Fulham to sign striker after Celtic bid

The door has opened for West Brom and Fulham to seal the signing of Ivan Toney as he has set his heart on a dream Premier League move, Football Insider understands.

The Peterborough United striker, 24, was all set to join Brentford before they suffered promotion heartache in the play-off final last week.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Toney’s preference is to join a Premier League club and prove himself in the top flight.

The striker, 24, was let go by Newcastle United two years ago after failing to convince Rafael Benitez he had the quality to shine in the top tier.

Toney has reignited his career with 49 goals in two seasons at Peterborough, including 26 in the prematurely-terminated 2019-20 campaign.

The League One outfit have made it clear they will let the front man go but are holding out for a fee rising to £9-10million.

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Bids have already been tabled from Brentford of around £5m and from Celtic of £2.5-3m.

Director of football Barry Fry claimed his club have also knocked back a New York Red Bulls offer.

West Brom also have a strong interest in Toney and Football Insider has been told that Fulham have also now joined the chase.

The newly-promoted duo have one big advantage over the others in that they can offer top-flight football next season.

They are also both in the market for a proven goalscorer who can provide competition for their current forwards.

Toney was on fire before the March lockdown, netting 24 league goals – nine more than anyone else – among 26 in all competitions this season.

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