Northampton Town chairman Kelvin Thomas has revealed he is hoping Ivan Toney will return to Sixfields on loan from Newcastle United.
Toney, 20, joined the Toon in 2015 for around £300,000 after impressing for the Cobblers in a breakthrough season.
He scored 10 times in 44 appearances for Chris Wilder’s men before the Premier League came calling.
But now, after his loan spell at Shrewsbury Town was ended, Thomas has revealed a decision on a return to Northampton lies completely with the player.
The chairman told the club’s official website: “We have also done whatever we can to bring Ivan Toney back to the club.
“He has returned to Newcastle United from his loan spell at Shrewsbury Town and the decision is now with him.”
He also revealed the Cobblers were working on signing a number of other targets during the January transfer window.
Thomas added: “We have been in talks with several targets this week.
“However in fairness it is a lot tougher now that we have stepped up a division, plus we have the new loan rules which really change the thinking and planning required.
“We are looking at options on both loans and permanent transfers and actually had a bid accepted for one forward yesterday, who had been on loan in our division and done well. We also had personal terms basically agreed, but a bigger club eventually achieved his signature ahead of us, but we will keep working.
“Being pretty open as I am, I am always being contacted by fans about all the rumours that are out there especially on the web and social media. All I would say is not to believe everything you see and until we make any formal announcements nothing is completed.”