Monday, 8.45pm: Barry Fry claims to be on the verge of selling unwanted Peterborough United striker Tyrone Barnett, possibly for a million pounds.
The Posh Director of Football, the man in charge of transfer negotiations at London Road, has fielded three phone calls in the last three days from a Championship club regarding the purchase of the club’s record signing.
And Fry insists Posh are seeking to recoup as much as possible of the £1.1 million they paid to recruit him from Crawley Town last year. Since that move Barnett (27) has scored just five goals, the last in October, nine months ago.
Fry declined to name the Championship club showing a strong interest, but Millwall are known to have made an enquiry for Barnett last month.
Blackpool is another potential destination for Barnett. Pool tried to sign Barnett before the striker moved to Posh, albeit when under different management.
It’s known that The Seasiders are keen to strengthen their squad and they could have money to spend if, as expected, they sell prize asset Tom Ince, the son of manager Paul Ince.
Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony has confirmed that Blackpool are one of a number of clubs to have enquired about Barnett.
Fry said: “I am close to selling Tyrone. A Championship club are very, very interested judging by the number of times they have contacted me.
“We expect to get over a million for him which would be great business for the club.”
Barnett was placed on the transfer list at the end of last season along with fellow strikers Emile Sinclair and Nicky Ajose, plus midfielder Daniel Kearns.
Midfielder Tommy Rowe and central defender Gaby Zakuani are also on the transfer list having declined to sign new contracts.
Fry has dismissed rumours that Leeds are close to signing Rowe and he revealed that Huddersfield have shown no interest in Zakuani.
Fry added: “Leeds manager Brian McDermott was keen on Tommy when he was managing Reading. They enquired about Tommy a while back when I said they couldn’t afford him.
“I was told to expect another enquiry, but I have since been away at the Football League chairman’s meeting when Leeds were also represented and no-one from there tried to negotiate with me about Tommy.
“A move to Leeds would suit Tommy, but we don’t want him to go and now that we have sold Dwight Gayle, we really don’t need to sell anyone else.
“The only player Huddersfield have ever spoken to me about is Lee Tomlin and there’s no way we are letting him go.”
Posh sold striker Dwight Gayle to Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace for £6 million last week, Posh are obviously seeking a replacement, but free-scoring Falkirk striker Lyle Taylor was ruled out as a transfer target by MacAnthony.