Everton have joined Leicester City as the latest two candidates to sign Championship top scorer Ivan Toney from Brentford this summer, according to The Athletic.

The striker has been the subject of relentless speculation surrounding his future, but any definitive moves are unlikely to be made until The Bees’ play-off campaign concludes later this month.

Toney cost Brentford £5m from Peterborough last summer and has been sensational this season, contributing a whopping 40 goal involvements in just 44 games, good enough for runner-up in the recent Championship Player of the Year award.

A host of clubs are sniffing around the 25-year-old who would leave for multiple times what the club paid for him, with reports suggesting in the region of £30m. Naturally, if Thomas Frank’s side could secure promotion via the play-offs they may be able to keep hold of their star man.

With plenty of choices lying ahead for Toney this summer, he may think twice before heading to Goodison Park given that Carlo Ancelotti’s side already have talented youngsters Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin in their ranks.

With a 34-year-old Jamie Vardy showing the first signs of a dwindling Premier League career, Leicester could be a more logical destination, not to mention the allure of potential Champions League football next season.

Toney left Newcastle and the Premier League in 2018 without being given a proper chance to demonstrate his worth. That lack of faith may come back to bite The Magpies, with the striker seemingly destined to return to the topflight this season one way or another.

As for Brentford, another failed promotion campaign would surely leave them hunting for yet another prolific striker in a long line of such players to have come and gone from West London.

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