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  • Everton views Brentford striker Ivan Toney as a possible Dominic Calvert-Lewin co-star, a report says
  • Toney believes he and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have the same style and confidence
  • Tottenham almost signed the 24-year-old striker in the summer

Former Tottenham Hotspur target and EFL star Ivan Toney, who thinks he is “similar” to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is now the new prospect of another English Premier League club, a report says.

Brentford goalscorer Toney has been generating quite a buzz in the second tier of the English football league. After joining the Bees in August, the prolific striker has already made his mark on the team, bagging a total of 16 goals in 20 appearances.

It didn’t take long for English top-flight clubs to notice Toney’s fine form, with Everton now emerging as his latest suitor, Italian outlet Calciomercato reported.

The 24-year-old is viewed by the Toffees as an incredible signing and is currently on coach Carlo Ancelotti’s radar. Everton is expecting to land Toney as a suitable backup and co-star for Dominic Calvert-Lewin , the report added.

Toney is one of the notable EFL stars who have been dreaming to seal a deal with a Premier League club. As early as now, Toney doesn’t have any problem dealing with pressure as he is already oozing with confidence, even likening his game and style to legendary striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“I’ve always liked Zlatan [Ibrahimovic],” Toney told SunSport last month. “I just love his confidence.  Some people see it as arrogance but you must be like that to succeed.”

“I’m similar to Zlatan in both my confidence and the way I play,” he added. “When he wants to do something, he just does it. I have some of that in my game and personality. And I believe I’ll be a Premier League striker.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic's last appearance for Manchester United was against Burnley on Boxing Day in 2017. In this picture, Ibrahimovic looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Burnley at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Dec. 26, 2017. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Prior to joining Brentford in the summer, Toney put his name on the map after netting 49 goals in two seasons with Peterborough United. Along with Brentford, Tottenham was also interested in the English forward at the time.

According to Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony, the interest from the Spurs was true and that one of the club’s scouts, David Pleat, thought they should make a move for Toney to become Harry Kane’s backup. However, the pandemic “ruined” everything.

“David thought Ivan was a relatively cheap option to boost the Spurs squad what with all Harry Kane’s injury problems,” MacAnthony recently said on the “Hard Truth” podcast.

“(Spurs chairman Daniel) Levy might have been worried Spurs fans would laugh at him for signing a League One player but, in any case, the pandemic ruined any chance of the move going ahead,” he added.