POSH TRANSFER TALK: Are Peterborough United about to swoop for Parrett?

Dean Parrett of Stevenage.
Dean Parrett of Stevenage.
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Peterborough United are closing in on the signing of midfielder Dean Parrett from Stevenage, according to the League Two club.

Parrett (24) was signed for Stevenage after he was released by Spurs by Posh boss Graham Westley in the autumn of 2013.

He was first linked with Posh in the Peterborough Telegraph in December.

Stevenage skipper Ronnie Henry, speaking to the Hertfordshire Mercury after a match yesterday (January 23), said: “He’s (Parrett) still with us training and until it happens, he’s still with us. That’s football. He’s a good young player. Graham (Westley) knows a lot about him. If he stays with us that’s good for us because he’s an exceptional player.

“We would like him to stay, but we have got no hand in that. Whatever happens happens, but good luck to him.”

Parrett was out injured for two months, but returned as a second-half substitute in a League Two match at Plymouth on January 16.

He was left out of the Stevenage squad yesterday with the suspicion being he was being protected from injury ahead of a sale this week, although Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony described the newspaper report as ‘inaccurate’ this morning.

Posh signed five players following their £2.5 million sale of top scorer Conor Washington to QPR last week. Striker Shaquile Coulthirst, left-back Harry Toffolo and attacking midfielder Adil Nabi all made their debuts in yesterday’s 2-1 defeat at Gillingham.

Posh also signed striker Aaron Williams and midfielder Callum Chettle from non-league side Nuneaton Borough. They will join up with their new team-mates tomorrow (January 25).

When asked about the possibility of more new arrivals in the January transfer window yesterday, Westley, who reportedly valued Parrett at £1.5 million when they were at Stevenage together, said: “I wouldn’t have thought so.”

Parrett has scored seven goals in 63 appearances for Stevenage. He made one start and three substitute appearances for Spurs.

That situation might chance if Posh sell another player. Marcus Maddison, a late substitute yesterday, is still thought to be a target for Championship side Leeds United.