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Alexander airs long-held doubts over summer transfer target Ivan Toney

Graham Alexander airs his long-held doubts that Ivan Toney would not return to the Iron this season on loan, instead, the front-man opted to join Wigan Athletic.

Speaking to the Scunthorpe Telegraph, Alexander said, “At the end of last season, after having discussions with Ivan, I never got the real impression he was fully committed to coming back here, which is why we have looked elsewhere.”

“If he became available and he wanted to come back then great, but I never really got the feeling that it would happen, so I was not massively shocked when I saw the news.

“I would have loved to have had him back with us again for this season, but we have got other players we are speaking to and time will tell if it is the best thing for both parties.”

The news of Toney’s move to the Latics would come as a bitter blow to Alexander, who has long admired the striker since his productive stint at Glanford Park last season. Though he admits he has other irons in the fire, “We have been speaking to people for a little while now,” he said.

“We still need a bit of strength in competition for places and if it happens before Saturday then great but if it doesn’t we will be patient and get the right people in.”

After a frustrating summer in the transfer market, with the Iron missing out on Matt Crooks, as well as Toney, Iron fans will be hoping for a flurry of activity before the deadline slams shut at the end of August.

Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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