Ivan Toney would be a great capture for West Ham and could take Michail Antonio’s place in the starting XI.
That is according to ex-Aston Villa goalscorer Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Eurosport revealed the Hammers’ interest in the in-form Brentford striker.
Toney is enjoying a sensational season in the Championship — the 24-year-old is the division’s top-scorer with 24 goals and joint-top creator with nine assists.
Antonio remains the only out-and-out striker on the books at West Ham after they failed to replace Sebastien Haller who left for Ajax in January.
Agbonlahor points to the Premier League success of ex-Brentford striker Ollie Watkins and claims that Toney could usurp Antonio in the West Ham starting XI.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “He’d be a great signing 100%.
“West Ham have got to start looking at younger players. They’ve got to start looking at players that they could get a good six or seven years out of, rather than older players.
“We’ve seen what Watkins has done in the Premier League after coming from the Championship and there’s no reason that Toney can’t do the same.
“I think he’d be a great signing and he can give Antonio competition next season and push him for a starting place, maybe even take his place off him.
“It will add to Antonio’s game knowing that he’s not guaranteed to start every week.”
Toney began his career with Northampton Town before moving to Newcastle United in 2015.
He spent several seasons out on loan during his time at St. James’ Park before joining Peterborough and later Brentford.