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Manchester United demanded to change transfer target who ‘won’t help’ big-money starlet



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Manchester United have been demanded to change their mind surrounding Ivan Toney as the Brentford striker won’t help Rasmus Højlund, according to a former defender.

INEOS are reportedly looking to sign a new striker this summer to support the burden placed on Rasmus Højlund amid Manchester United‘s scoring woes, with Anthony Martial set to leave this summer once his contract expires.

The club has been linked to a whole host of options, with one name cropping up recently: Brentford’s Ivan Toney, due to his Premier League experience and goalscoring record.

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Brentford will sell Toney this summer for a rumoured price of between £40-60 million, with the 28-year-old’s contract up next summer.

However, former United defender Paul Parker has claimed that if United want to sign a new striker this summer to help with Rasmus Højlund, they should look for someone better than Toney.

No to Toney

“Ivan Toney? No. Not really,” Parker told mybettingsites when asked if he wants the Old Trafford club to bring the England international into the squad.

“If you are going to bring in another player to give competition to Højlund, in my opinion, it’s not going to be Ivan Toney. It’s going to be somebody of more note than Ivan Toney.

“You’d say the same about Ivan Toney working with somebody of note. He hasn’t had enough points on the board as a PL striker to be in the position of having an understudy, in my opinion.

“Does Ivan Toney play as a centre-forward? Not really. He’s trying to play more like a Harry Kane in that sense.”

Get Watkins instead

Speaking further, Parker insisted that if United want to bring in an English Premier League striker this summer, they should consider Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins instead.

“If you’re going to bring a centre-forward in and you’re going to keep him UK-based, in my opinion, you bring in Watkins,” he continued. “But he’s going to cost you £100 million and deservedly at that.

“Ivan Toney, £25-30 million, but Watkins has proven his worth every time. The only thing that goes against him is that the English press don’t want to talk about him much. Maybe they’re worried about Harry Kane’s place.

“I don’t understand why the press doesn’t give him kudos at all. His work rate off the ball, look at how many goals he makes, he’s so unselfish and still scores goals. In every area, he’s the best all-round centre-forward in the league.”