Mclean departs and arrival of centre-back falls through

Aaron Mclean celebrates his Posh goal at Leyton Orient. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Aaron Mclean celebrates his Posh goal at Leyton Orient. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

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Striker Aaron Mclean has returned to League One rivals Bradford City as his loan spell at the ABAX Stadium expired after Saturday’s (January 24) 2-1 win at Notts County.

But Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson hinted that the 31 year-old could return before the transfer deadline of February 2 in a part-exchange deal involving a Posh squad player.

The deal to bring an experienced League One defender - believed to be Mathieu Baudry of Leyton Orient - to Posh on loan has fallen through. The player’s current club pulled the plug on the deal yesterday (January 26). Baudry trained with Posh last week with a view to playing at Notts County.

Ferguson still wants to bring two players in on loan ahead of the deadline, but there is still pressure to get unwanted players out.

Posh striker Tyrone Barnett has rejected the personal terms on offer at Oxford after the clubs agreed a fee for the player.

Ferguson said: “Aaron has gone back, but there is interest from Bradford in one of our players so there may still be a deal to be done that could see Aaron return.

“The defender won’t now be joining us as his current club have decided to keep him. It’s frustrating as I feel I need an extra centre-half, but we are still looking and ideally I would have two new players in the building before the deadline.

“We still need to get players out though and it doesn’t look like they want to leave.

“The loan transfer window re-opens a week later anyway so there will be no panic if we don’t sign anyone before the deadline.”

Mclean scored one goal - in a 2-1 win at Orient - in 10 appearances (seven starts) at Posh in his loan spell.