Barry Fry has claimed that Celtic would have been Ivan Toney’s preferred choice of club.
The Peterborough Director of Football has been conducting very public negotiations in a bid to secure the maximum fee for last season’s League One top scorer.
Celtic and Brentford have been established as the front runners for Toney who is in the final year of his Peterborough contract.
Brentford’s defeat in the EPL Play Off to Fulham last night leaves it open to interpretation whether or not they will step up their interest but discussing Celtic’s interest in the striker Fry told the Daily Mail:
They are running out of time now. The lad is very close to signing for someone else in the next couple of days.
Celtic would have been his preferred choice, but they are nowhere near it. I heard from Ivan’s agent to say Celtic were coming back. That was Sunday evening after their first game. They had heard Celtic would be coming back, but I haven’t heard anything.
Neil Lennon has gone on record with his wish to add a striker to his squad with West Ham’s Albian Ajeti appearing lukewarm at best to a move to Scotland.
Before the signings of Odsonne Edouard and Chris Jullien Celtic’s record transfer fee was the £4.5m paid to Manchester City in 2017 for Olivier Ntcham.
Former Peterborough assistant manager Gavin Strachan is now a key member of Neil Lennon’s coaching team but whether Celtic get close to the £10m fee that Fry has discussed remains in doubt.