Newcastle United are yet to bid for Northampton Town striker Ivan Toney – but the striker looks destined for St James’s Park.
The two clubs have been involved in talks over a deal worth £300,000 plus add-ons.
It’s every footballer’s dream to play for a club like that, and I hope it happens for Ivan.David Cardoza
And Northampton chairman David Cardoza says the club won’t stand in the gifted 19-year-old’s way if he wants to join Newcastle. Cardoza said: “What can we do? It is a massive Premier League club.
“It is every footballer’s dream to play for a club like that, and I hope it happens for Ivan.
“It would be good for the club, but it would be fantastic for him.”
Toney has been watched regularly by United chief scout Graham Carr, who has played for and managed Northampton and lives nearby.
Cardoza has been involved in discussions with Carr and Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley, who is also pursuing a number of higher-profile targets.
As such, Toney might not be the first player through the door this summer.
“I can’t say any more at the moment other than there has been discussions with Newcastle,” Cardoza told the Northampton Chronicle and Echo. “I’m expecting to hear something from them, but nothing yet.
“There have been a number of conversations, but we are still waiting to hear something definite.”
If the proposed deal goes through, Northampton would stand to profit even more should Tony prove a success at Newcastle. Cardoza said: “We have to get the best deal.
“And if there are add-ons and all the other extras, then it means that as Ivan improves over the years, the club will continue to get some income from it. That is the way it should be.”
Toney – who is the youngest player ever to appear for Northampton – has scored 13 goals from 29 starts and 31 substitute appearances.