Preston have had some misses in the transfer market, and Ivan Tony is one of the most costly of late.
We’ve all heard tales of how Preston almost signed the likes of Diego Forlan and Jamie Vardy, whilst transfer sagas over Tendayi Darikwa and Jamal Lowe didn’t end in Preston’s favour.
In the case of Toney, North End were looking to sign him in the summer of 2018 when he was still with Newcastle United.
At that time, Toney had struggled to break through with the Magpies but had just enjoyed a strong loan spell at Scunthorpe United.
Darragh MacAnthony took to Twitter to claim that Preston had made a late move to hijack Toney’s £650,000 move to Peterborough, but failed as he ended up joining the Posh.
Toney smashed 49 goals in 94 games for Peterborough, and was again linked with Preston in December 2019 in what could have been a club-record deal.
That didn’t happen, and Toney moved on to Brentford last summer. With another 30 goals this season – including three against Preston – Toney is now far, far out of North End’s reach.
The Sun claim that Toney will cost £35million to prise away from Brentford this summer, with Chelsea and West Ham United very keen on signing him.
The Athletic note that Everton and Leicester City are also planning to bid for him, meaning Brentford will face major pressure to sell – even if they go up.
From £650,000 to £35million, Toney has enjoyed a remarkable rise since North End missed out. Preston did all they could to get in and sign Toney, so this is far from a criticism, but more just rotten luck and a story of frustration.