Peterborough United insist selling Ivan Toney is not on the club’s agenda for January, £2 million wouldn’t be enough to sign Marcus Maddison and little interest in the transfer-listed players

Peterborough United director of football Barry Fry insists selling star striker Ivan Toney during the January transfer window is not on the club’s agenda.
Posh striker Ivan Toney.Posh striker Ivan Toney.
Posh striker Ivan Toney.

Rumours have been spreading about the 23 year-old’s future since the club revealed they turned down a £4 million bid from an unnamed Championship club for the player in August.

There was a suggestion in a national paper that Premier League clubs Bournemouth and Burnley were pursuing Toney, who has scored 12 goals this season, and were quoted a staggering fee of £13 million!

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Fry did admit there has been interest from three Championship clubs in Marcus Maddison, but his £2.5 million release clause fee is a problem for a player out of contract in June. Contrary to recent rumours Derby are not one of those clubs.

Alex Woodyard (right) remains on the Posh transfer list.Alex Woodyard (right) remains on the Posh transfer list.
Alex Woodyard (right) remains on the Posh transfer list.

“That £13 million valuation is nonsense,” Fry said. “We haven’t set a fee for Ivan because we have no interest in selling him. If he did go it would set a record fee for the club which incidentally is £8 million for Assomablonga and then £7.5 million for Gayle when you includ the add ons.

“But our board love Ivan and he isn’t going anywhere. We might have a problem with Ivan if he gets a whiff of a million pounds a year contract, but he’s a good lad with his feet on the ground and he knows that sort of offer isn’t likely.

“Marcus is different as if a club meets his transfer clause we can’t stop him leaving, but we will reject any other bid, even one as big as £2 million.

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“The main intention for January is to sign players. We want midfielders and a back-up striker in my opinion, but we might have to sell fringe players first to stay inside financial fairplay regulations and interest in the likes of Alex Woodyard and Aaron Chapman has been minimal.

“We need midfielders. Our front three have been brilliant considering how poor the service has been at times. We don’t need a centre-back. Josh Knight was originally signed as a centre-back.”

Posh players Woodyard, Chapman, Conor O’Malley, Callum Cooke, Jason Naismith and Mark O’Hara are all available for transfer.