Arsenal have suspicion over Ivan Toney January transfer as four deals eyed | Football | Sport

Arsenal reportedly fear that Ivan Toney will not have an immediate impact if they pursue the Brentford striker in the January transfer window. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has been linked with the addition of a new forward and Toney has been shortlisted.

The 27-year-old is serving a ban after being found guilty of 232 breaches of the Football Association’s betting regulations. That suspension does not end until January 16, deep into the winter window.

Toney has not played a competitive game since May 6, despite appearing sporadically for Brentford’s B team. Eight months will have passed between his last outing, Brentford’s 1-0 defeat by Liverpool, and his next game.

According to the Independent, Arsenal are wary that Toney’s lack of serious action will naturally mean that he will not be able to reach his best form for a while. That could lead to Arteta targeting another forward in January, with Napoli’s Victor Osimhen admired at the Emirates Stadium.

The report adds that a new centre-forward is one of four deals Arteta wishes to complete. The Spaniard is understood to be insistent that a quartet of transfers will give him his ‘ideal’ squad.

Among the positions targeted are two new full-backs. Defender Jurrien Timber was signed from Ajax in the summer transfer window but is likely to miss most of the campaign with a serious knee injury.

Arteta reportedly also wants another central midfielder and a new forward. Arsenal spent a combined £165m on Declan Rice and Kai Havertz in the summer but Arteta wants further depth in the centre of the pitch.

It is claimed that the club accept that not all four transfers can be completed in January. Arsenal will need to prioritise the positions as they will work on a limited budget caused by heavy spending over the last several windows.

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