By Nick Ware

3rd May, 2021 | 11:47am

The Athletic: Everton line up bid for Brentford striker Ivan Toney

Everton are ready to make an offer for Ivan Toney as soon as the striker’s Championship play-off campaign concludes, according to The Athletic.

Their report claims that the 25-year-old has a number of suitors, including the Blues and Leicester City, who are ready to submit offers for his services once his season has ended.

Toney has scored 30 goals and registered 10 assists in 44 second-tier appearances this season to ensure a third-place finish for Brentford, and they face a semi-final showdown over two legs with either Swansea City, Bournemouth or Barnsley.

If Brentford and Toney are successful they will advance to the play-off final at Wembley which will be played on May 29.

Clinton Morrison called Toney “ridiculous” on Sky Sports Soccer Special [16/03/21] while Watford striker Troy Deeney, who “knows him personally”, told talkSPORT [29/04/21] that “once the season is over then he will move on.”

Urgent requirement

Signing a striker should be a necessity for the Blues board this summer.

Joshua King is surely unlikely to stay at the club after failing to break into the team since his February arrival, and that leaves us with just Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun, but the Turkey international is injured and out-of-favour.

Toney ticks a lot of boxes for us, but would he want to come?

With Calvert-Lewin firmly established as our number one striker he would find it tough to shift the England international and a bench role is unlikely to suffice for a player in the form of his life.

More money and the prospect of European football at Goodison Park could be deal-clinchers, but this is a move that may appear more difficult than it first appears, particularly with other clubs in the hunt for his signature.

Surely the chance to play under one of the world’s top managers, Carlo Ancelotti, would prove too tough to ignore, however.

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