Peterborough United director of football Barry Fry tonight (September 2) claimed that transfer target Stefan Scougall’s proposed move to London Road broke down because of the player’s unreasonable demands.
Posh and Livingston had agreed a fee for the Scottish Under 21 international last week, but the player used his Twitter account to insist that the move was called off after ‘Peterborough moved the goalposts.’
And that suggestion provoked an angry response from Fry who revealed some of the demands made by the player and his agents.
Fry said: “We haven’t moved the goalposts at all. Every time we thought we had a deal agreed with the player, his representative would ask for something else.
“We have dealt with three different agents in the last five weeks and it made the deal impossible to complete. They were asking for £30,000 if he won a Scottish cap, they wanted a cut of any future transfer fee and we never do that for players.
“They also wanted to sign a contract before he had a medical and we’re talking about a player who hasn’t played or trained since July 3.”
Scougall used his Twitter account today to state: “Disappointed talks broke down with Peterborough over the question of personal terms and not that I didn’t want to move away which was reported.
“The deal wasn’t the right deal for me just now! I’m just looking forward to getting back to full fitness and having a good season with Livingston and helping the team move up the league.
“Just for the people asking.. I wasn’t asking for too much. In fact everything was in place before Peterborough moved the goalposts.”
The collapse of the Scougall transfer and the failure to get out-of-favour midfielder Kane Ferdinand out on loan meant a dead transfer deadline day for London Road.
On Saturday (August 31) Posh turned down three bids from Scottish champions Celtic for star forward Lee Tomlin.
The loan transfer window opens next week.
Posh skipper Tommy Rowe is awaiting the results of a scan on an ankle injury picked up in the weekend defeat at home to Crawley. The club don’t believe there is any serious damage.