Knill says Cobblers would require a ‘big figure’ to consider selling Toney

Cobblers have not received any transfer offers for striker Ivan Toney
Cobblers have not received any transfer offers for striker Ivan Toney

The Cobblers have not received any transfer offers for highly-rated 18-year-old striker Ivan Toney.

It has been reported in the national media that Sky Bet Championship club Bournemouth had made an £850,000 bid for the services of the player, who scored three goals in the final two games of last season.

But the Chron has learned that no offers have been made for Toney, who signed an improved and extended contract at Sixfields last month.

The terms of that deal mean the club is under no pressure to sell the teenager, who was also scouted by Burnley during his hugely impressive finish to the season.

“He finished the season fantastically and when someone scores goals like he did they will attract attention,” he said.

“He’s everything that people will want. He’s mobile, has good feet, is a good size and he’s strong in the air.

“You’d expect a lot of interest but we haven’t had anything yet, other than a lot of people talking about him. We’ve not received any bids.

“If he starts the season well, will probably will do because he is obviously a great talent.”

The Cobblers are under no pressure to sell Toney, and Knill admits it would take a ‘big figure’ to be offered before such a deal was even considered.

“It was important that we extended his contract and it does protect the club’s interests,” he said.

“We think Ivan is best off here.

“He’s only played a couple of games and we think we can bring him on even more.

“We hope he does really well and starts the season off really well.

“No doubt if he does that there will be a lot of interest in him. We all know the value of strikers and it would need to be a big figure for the club to consider it.”