Brentford boss insists Toney is staying

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has reiterated the club’s determination to keep Ivan Toney.

The Bees’ promotion to the Premier League has not stopped speculation about their star striker.

Chelsea, Arsenal and West Ham are among the clubs to have been linked with Toney, who was outstanding in the Championship last season.

But he has four years remaining on his contract and head coach Frank insists Brentford have no intention of letting him go.

Frank told West London Sport: “I can understand how there is very big interest in him. But he is a Brentford player and we have a long contract with him.

“All of the players are fully committed to doing as well as they can in the Premier League and Ivan is very determined to lift the team going forward.”

Frank expects new signings to arrive before the start of his club’s first top-flight campaign since 1947.

“I can update you in that we haven’t signed any players yet, but we are getting close,” he said.

“We don’t have a specific number to sign and we don’t want to sign players for the sake of it as we are very pleased with our squad. There will be new faces, though, definitely.”