Date: 26th July 2020 at 8:31am
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Celtic are reported to be ‘locked in talks’ with Peterborough over a deal for Ivan Toney.

The striker was the top scorer in League One last season with Peterborough keen to cash in with just one year left on his contract.

Detail is patchy in the story, based mainly around midweek quotes from Barry Fry, the player changing agent and former Peterborough assistant Gavin Strachan moving to Celtic.

During his first spell in charge Neil Lennon found great value from Gary Hooper but over the last decade there has been incredible inflation in that transfer market with Toney playing a level below Hooper.

Leigh Griffiths’ issues leave Lennon with only the untried Patryk Klimala and Vakoun Bayo as alternatives to Odsonne Edouard with the new season just a week away.

Covering the interest in Toney The Sun reports:

CELTIC are locked in talks with Peterborough over striker Ivan Toney. Hoops head of football operations Nick Hammond is trying to thrash out a fee with Posh for the 24-year-old hitman.

The League One side have already accepted an offer from Brentford, but the Hoops have not given up hope of landing the ex-Newcastle striker. Peterborough chief Barry Fry revealed he had kept Celtic informed of other interest in Toney.

The League One side have already accepted an offer from Brentford, but the Hoops have not given up hope of landing the ex-Newcastle striker.

Peterborough chief Barry Fry revealed he had kept Celtic informed of other interest in Toney. And that has brought the Bhoys back to the negotiating table. Fry is determined to land as much as he can for a player they bought for just £350,000 two years ago.

Toney is believed to be changing agents, but since his deal with a new firm doesn’t kick in until September 1, he could hold on until then before deciding where his future lies.

And that window has given Hammond the opportunity to keep working on getting a deal over the line. Celtic coach Gavin Strachan worked with Toney at the London Road Stadium and has urged the club to bring him on board.

Peterborough signed Toney from Newcastle two years ago, last season he scored 24 times in 32 League One appearances. CLICK HERE for Transfermarkt details.