Manager Darren Ferguson insists Peterborough United had to abandon two bids to sign new players on transfer deadline day (February 2) because Nottingham Forest are behind on their payments for Britt Assombalonga.
Forest agreed to pay Posh a club record £5.5 million for striker Assomablonga in August.
The Championship club were late paying an instalment in August and they have so far failed to pay the latest chunk, believed to be £1.5 million, which was due in January.
Posh had planned to use that cash to fund two permanent transfer deals, one of which is now dead in the water.
Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony expressed his displeasure in a series of tweets earlier this week and Ferguson today (February 4) confirmed Forest’s actions scuppered his deadline day plans.
“We were expecting cash that we didn’t receive and that stopped two planned permanent transfers going ahead,” Ferguson stated. “It’s obviously frustrating and disappointing as those players might not be able to join us on loan when the loan window re-opens next Monday (February 9).
“I will still try and bring a couple of players in next week as we need bodies in certain positions.”
Leyton Orient central defender Mathieu Baudry is one of the players Posh were understood to be close to signing. Orient had insisted they will only sell rather than loan players last week, but if Posh commit to signing Baudry at the end of a loan deal, the player could still make a move to The ABAX Stadium next week.
It’s now likely that Ferguson will name an unchanged side for the third game in a row for the League One fixture at Fleetwood on Saturday (Ferbruary 7).
Defender Christian Burgess and midfielder Joe Newell have been given time off training this week to rest knocks, but both should be fit for the club’s first trip to the Highbury Stadium.
Winger Jon Taylor is expected to start training next week following surgery on a long-term knee problem. Taylor is targetting the home game with Rochdale on February 14 for his return.
Posh have moved up to places without playing this week. Defeats for Fleetwood and Oldham mean Posh are now ninth in League One, two points outside the play-offs.