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Wolves: 'Exceptional' £50m star could replace Jimenez at Molineux

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Wolverhampton Wanderers target Ivan Toney would ‘definitely’ be a good signing this summer, according to journalist Josh Holland.

The 26-year-old is believed to be attracting interest from several Premier League clubs after impressing throughout the current campaign with Brentford.

What is the latest news involving Toney?

Toney, who was described as “exceptional” by Peterborough United’s director of football Barry Fry, had only made two cameo appearances in the top-flight for former side Newcastle United prior to this season, but he’s adapted to the demands with ease.

In 35 appearances across all competitions for the Bees, the in-demand marksman has registered 14 goals and six assists, attracting admiring glances up and down the country.

According to 90min, though, Toney is ‘keen on signing a new and improved contract’ with the west London outfit to reflect his newfound status as an established Premier League player.

However, the report also states that Arsenal, West Ham, Everton, Newcastle United and Wolves are admirers of the prolific forward and are keeping a ‘watchful eye’ on his situation.

It’s claimed that Thomas Frank’s charges would demand north of £50 million for the services of their prized asset, who has over three years left to run on his existing deal.

What has Holland said about Toney?

Wolves have struggled to put the ball in the back of the opposition’s net this season, with their tally of 35 Premier League strikes fewer than the total relegation-threatened Leeds United have managed.

And Holland believes Toney could be the answer to the Molineux outfit’s problems in the final third of the pitch, even comparing him to current star Raul Jimenez before his head injury.

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He told GiveMeSport: “I think Ivan Toney, yeah, definitely. He was one who started so well, he went a bit quiet, but now recently, he’s not scoring as many goals as you’d like, but his link-up play is like a shadow of what Raul Jimenez used to do before his injury.

“And as much as we all were delighted to see Raul back, and he got on the goals, I don’t really think he’s being cautious, but you can tell he’s not the same player.”

Do Wolves need Toney?

Jimenez is Wolves’ joint-top goalscorer in all competitions this term despite only bagging six strikes, highlighting the troubles Bruno Lage’s side have had in front of goal.

In 2019/20, the Mexico international was lethal, bagging 27 goals and laying on a further 10 assists in 55 outings, but a fractured skull in November 2020 halted his impressive progress.

Since then, Jimenez has been unable to reach the same heights, and Wolves may have to seriously consider signing a replacement to increase their attacking threat next season.

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