Chelsea have joined a three-way transfer scrap for Brentford striker Ivan Toney, according to reports.

Toney, who is still serving the eight-month ban he received for breaching the Premier League’s betting rules, returns for the Bees in January and will attract a wealth of attention from top clubs across Europe.

Mail Sport have previously reported that Arsenal are keen on signing the £100million-rated Brentford hitman, but it appears fellow London rivals Tottenham are also keen on launching a move.

Toney had riveted the gaze of England manager Gareth Southgate and earned his international bow after impressing with 21 goals for Brentford last season.

The 27-year-old striker is viewed as a natural goal-scorer with strength and pace and could hugely benefit the London clubs in attack.

According to The Sun, Stamford Bridge insiders are adamant that Tottenham are lining up a bid for Toney, having sold star talisman Harry Kane to Bayern Munich last summer.

So far during Ange Postecoglou’s reign in north London, Son Heung-min has operated in the central striker role in front of marquee summer signing James Maddison.

Although Spurs have played down any potential move for Toney, Chelsea are convinced of their interest and are preparing to go all out for the Bees forward when the January window opens.

The Blues strengthened in attack over the summer by luring Christopher Nkunku and Nicolas Jackson to Stamford Bridge.

While Nkunku has yet to play a minute this season because of injury, Jackson has struggled to take chances consistently in front of goal.

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