'We will try our hardest' - Manager suggests he isn't alone in pursuit of Newcastle striker
By Danny Wright
Scunthorpe manager Graham Alexander has made it clear that he is very eager to complete another deal for Newcastle striker Ivan Toney.
The 21-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Glanford Park and impressed as he scored seven goals in 17 appearances for the Iron in all competitions.
Alexander, 45, has already claimed that his side will be in touch with the Magpies over a potential second deal for Toney, but the Scunthorpe boss has now felt the need to ramp up his pursuit of the striker as the opening day of the League One season draws nearer.
The former Fleetwood boss has also suggested that his side might not be the only ones in the race the striker’s signature.
“I haven’t seen Ivan join anywhere so if Newcastle have made it clear to Ivan that they see him going out and playing then there is a possibility (of him coming here),” Alexander said, as quoted by the Scunthorpe Telegraph.
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“He had a great time with us last season, and I think we were good for him, but I am sure other clubs will be in for his services.
“We will try our hardest but if not we will do something else.
“Ivan is certainly in our thoughts, and has been since the end of last season, so we will see what comes about in the next week or so.”
Toney has only ever earned four senior appearances for Newcastle and has spent the bulk of his career being shipped out on loan to clubs across the Football League.
The youngster has had spells with Northampton, Barnsley, Shrewsbury and most recently Scunthorpe.
Iron boss Alexander has been very vocal about his transfer targets this summer and was open about his club’s pursuit of former Rangers midfielder Matt Crooks, who has since signed for Northampton.
Football Insider Verdict
Newcastle have a lot of young, promising players in their squad, but most of them don’t look like they are anywhere close enough to playing in the first-team. Rafa Benitez should simply look to offload players like Toney on a permanent deal, as he clearly has no future at St. James’ Park with all these loan deals he’s being sent out on. Benitez really has to bring in a new striker before the Premier League season kicks off. He has just Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic on his books at the moment, and neither of them are proven to be prolific in England’s top-flight. Bolstering the attacker must be Benitez’s top priority at the moment.
In other Newcastle news, this £5million-rated striker is awaiting a decision from the Magpies about a potential transfer.