Peterborough United will keep Ivan Toney until January if the price isn’t right
Peterborough United are prepared to keep star striker Ivan Toney until January if they don’t receive an acceptable offer for the 24 year-old in the summer.
Posh are committed to selling Toney to honour a pledge made to the player at the start of the 2019-20 season.
The club told Toney, who is about to enter the last year of his Posh contract, he could leave if they failed to win promotion to the Championship.
Posh are confident clubs will be queuing up to sign a player who bagged 26 goals in a season shortened by nine matches, but they have warned prospective suitors they will not get Toney on the cheap.
Posh slapped an £11 million price tag on Toney last January after rejecting multiple bids from Championship promotion hopefuls Brentford.
“All five of us at a meeting to discuss players for next season (Fry, co-owners Darragh MacAnthony, Dr Jason Neale and Stewart Thompson, plus manager Darren Ferguson) agreed that Ivan would be sold, but only for the right price.
“If that doesn’t happen we will keep him and we will sell him in January.
“Obviously we expect him to go in the summer because his talent demands that clubs will bust a gut to get him, but we will see how it pans out. If he did go the money we would receive would get us through next season.
“We are currently working on replacements for Ivan and we might have to sign two players to replace him properly.”
Fry confirmed no other key players will be sold before the start of the 2020-21 season.
Midfielders to replace the departed loan stars and a goalkeeping back-up to Christy Pym will also be sought.