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Brentford braced for Toney exit as Bees eye Lille striker

Brentford are preparing for Ivan Toney’s expected exit in the summer with the Bees planning a move for Lille forward Jonathan David.

Toney is a target for several Premier League rivals with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all interested in signing the striker, who has scored 35 goals in 70 league appearances since the west Londoners were promoted to the top division.

 

The 27-year-old will have a year left on his contract at Brentford in the summer and Thomas Frank last week admitted that the one-cap England international would ‘most likely be sold in the summer’ window.

Brentford will demand a large fee for the club’s talisman and Football Transfers are reporting that the Bees have identified a potential replacement.

Jonathan David is on the club’s radar after a prolific period in French football, with the Canadian international having scored 71 goals in 165 games for Lille.

Several of the Premier League’s wealthier clubs have checked in on the progress of the 24-year-old, including Manchester United, Newcastle and Chelsea. He is understood to be valued at around €50m (£42.6m) at the Ligue 1 side.

 

Brentford will hope the promise of regular first-team football can persuade David to the Gtech Community Stadium, with the forward having previously been open on his desire for a move to the Premier League.

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