Barry Fry has pleaded with Celtic to stop piddling about and meet Peterborough’s asking price for Ivan Toney.
On Wednesday Fry was discussing a bid from Celtic in the Daily Mail, Wednesday’s edition of The Sun features a further sales pitch to drive up the price.
Director of Football Fry and CEO Darragh MacAnthony couldn’t be more public with their negotiations which is almost the polar opposite of Celtic’s approach to transfers.
Peterborough have apparently got numerous clubs showing interest in Toney but it’s Celtic that they seem to be targeting as The Sun reports:
It’s believed Hammond has indicated they could return for frontman Toney, who has hit 49 goals in two seasons, once they complete a player sale of their own.
But Fry told SunSport: “They mentioned they may be selling one or two. I think they’re trying it on to try to get Toney cheap.
“I’ve had experience with Celtic, so I know the score. I know the manager wants a tenth title and he’s identified our bloke as the best. Gavin Strachan’s gone there and he’s backed up the opinion of Toney.
“They’ve told Peter Lawwell and Nicky Hammond to go and get him, but they won’t get Toney with what they’re piddling about with, that’s for sure.
“Toney would be a revelation for Celtic, he’d be a star, for definite. He’d score 30 to 40 goals up there, he really would.
“Not only is he brilliant in the box, scoring and creating with his right foot, left foot and head, at six foot four he’s also our best defender. Celtic will get £40-50m for him.”
The chances of Albian Ajeti joining Celtic on loan appear to have cooled after the West Ham forward returned to Switzerland rather than to Glasgow, as expected to discuss a move to the hoops.