Birmingham City’s bid for Dembele is bigger than Bournemouth’s, but the player is not interested in St Andrews move

Peterborough United forward Siriki Dembele has told the club he is not interested in signing for Championship rivals Birmingham City.

By Alan Swann
Friday, 28th January 2022, 2:58 pm
Sirike Dembele.
Sirike Dembele.

Posh director of football Barry Fry has confirmed Birmingham made a bid for the 25 year-old this week and that it was a bigger offer than the two made by Championship promotion hopefuls Bournemouth.

Posh turned down those Bournemouth bids, believed to be of £1 million and £1.5 million for a player out of contract in June.

Fry said: “Birmingham got much closer with their offer to what we want, but when I told Siriki about it he turned his nose up.

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“He probably prefers Bournemouth, but there’s no way he’s going there for what they’ve offered.

“The owners have carried our club financially for two years with hardly any income and yet they, like me and the manager, would rather Siriki stayed and helped us stay up.”

Dembele has been on the transfer list for over 12 months. He can leave for nothing at the end of this season.

Posh are understood to want a package around the £4-5million mark for Dembele which includes bonuses based on future achievements.