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Celtic ‘running out of time’, Brentford fail in playoffs, stage set for Leeds to sign 26-goal ace – TBR View

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Celtic ‘running out of time’, Brentford fail in playoffs, stage set for Leeds to sign 26-goal ace – TBR View

With Leeds United back in the Premier League after 16 years, speculation over prospective new targets has gone into overdrive as the Whites look to bolster their ranks for the top flight.

One player who was linked with Leeds earlier this year and has since been tipped by a former manager to impress at Elland Road is Peterborough United striker Ivan Toney.

According to a report in the Peterborough Telegraph from January, Leeds made an enquiry for Toney, though ultimately he stayed with Posh in pursuit of promotion.

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The 24-year-old was superb for Peterborough last season, scoring 26 goals in just 39 appearances in all competitions, despite League One being cut short in March.

As Posh didn’t succeed in sealing promotion by the time the third tier was curtailed, it’s looking increasingly likely that Toney will up sticks and head elsewhere.

Former Leeds boss Steve Evans told the PT in June: “I’d seen him play for Scunthorpe at the end of the previous season and he was virtually a one-man team.

“I was confident he would become a star and I can honestly see him leading the line at a Premier League club or at the biggest Championship club, Leeds United right now.”


One club linked with the sharpshooter is Celtic, but Peterborough director of football Barry Fry has warned the Scottish side that they’re “running out of time”.

“The lad is very close to signing for someone else in the next couple of days,” he told the Daily Mail. “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.”

Meanwhile, Brentford have also been linked with Toney, but in wake of their Championship playoff final defeat, Leeds now hold a big advantage in that they’re in the top flight.

But given time is running out as Toney is in such high demand, the Whites really need to get on the case right away.

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