Chris Wilder admits discussions over Ivan Toney amid reports of imminent Newcastle move

Northampton Town boss Chris Wilder says discussions have been held over the transfer of striker Ivan Toney.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder has told the Northampton Chronicle and Echo that discussions have been held over striker Ivan Toney leaving the club.

Toney, 19, has emerged through the ranks at Northampton, and impressed last season with ten goals in all competitions under Wilder.

Unfortunately for Football League clubs, when young players impress on a regular basis, clubs higher up in the football pyramid tend to swoop to sign them - and Toney appears to be no exception to that particular rule.

The Mirror reported on Saturday evening that Toney is on the verge of completing a £300,000 move to Newcastle United, where the striker would become new manager Steve McClaren's first signing for the club.

Now, Cobblers boss Wilder has told the Northampton Chronicle and Echo that the club have indeed held talks over a deal to sell Toney, with Newcastle leading the race.

"There has been speculation, and maybe it is one for the chairman to answer," said Wilder. "There has been discussions, we can’t get away from that, and as I have said before, Ivan is a very, very good young player that will attract interest."

"He is coming down the road with us to Brighton, I will know more where we are after I have had discussions with the chairman today and tomorrow. If it is kicked on, then we’ll wait and see, and if it isn’t then Ivan will be involved on Tuesday night in the game (at Worthing)," he added.

Homegrown talent

Newcastle struggled with their striker signings last summer, as both Emmanuel Riviere and Facundo Ferreyra struggling to find the back of the net.

This time, the Magpies are turning their attention to homegrown talent, taking a chance on the highly-rated but raw Toney, who has impressed in League Two.

Newcastle may feel that they can land a bargain by signing Toney and developing him themselves, and building a tema of young, English players will no doubt be important to new boss McClaren.

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