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‘Done Deal ’…Stuart Pearce names the reason Arsenal won’t sign Ivan Toney in January

Arsenal might want to sign Ivan Toney but former England left-back Stuart Pearce has cast doubt over him as the ideal signing.

Toney is being linked with a host of clubs ahead of his return to action in January.
Reports have claimed that Arsenal are set to open talks over signing Toney. Tottenham are also interested in the Brentford man, while Real Madrid are known admirers as well.

However, former England man Stuart Pearce has some doubts over Toney to Arsenal, particularly around his age.

Stuart Pearce pours doubt on Arsenal signing Ivan Toney

Speaking to The Express about Arsenal and what they need ahead of January, Pearce believes Toney’s time away from the game could count against him.
The big thing is, the age of Toney might come into consideration. People want value for money. He is certainly, before he was laid up, he was firing particularly well and did brilliantly for Brentford. I think he’s an outstanding player, but whether what it would cost to get him out of Brentford is value for money, I don’t know. Brentford will want top dollar for him, having sat with the player for the best part of nine months without him kicking a ball,” Pearce said.
Brentford could demand around£ £80m for Toney, with some reports suggesting a deal could even reach £100m.

Big decision coming for Arsenal

This could be one of the biggest January’s Arsenal have had in some time. They’ve proved before they’re wiling to be active. Signings like Leandro Trossard have arrived in the winter and done well.

This year, though, they need to make sure that they make the right call in the market. Arsenal are within touching distance of being able to win the league, and a new striker gets them over the line.

With Toney, Pearce does make a good point in fairness. Although we feel he is more than capable of coming straight into the mix, given he’s been training as well.

Toney brings something to Arsenal they just lack right now. He is a presence, plays directly as a number nine, and above all else, knows how to find the net.

Arsenal, then, might feel it’s money well spent if they go big in January for the Brentford ace.

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