Deadline Day: Bad payers to blame for no Posh signings, but Barnett has finally left

Tyrone Barnett has moved from Posh to Shrewsbury.
Tyrone Barnett has moved from Posh to Shrewsbury.
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Tuesday, 8am: Chairman Darragh MacAnthony has accused an unnamed Championship club of failing to make scheduled transfer payments worth millions to Peterborough United.

MacAnthony took to Twitter to explain to Posh fans why his club have not been able to make any transfer deadline day signings. He blamed a Championship club for reneging on a payment plan.

MacAnthony declined to name names, but it’s understood Nottingham Forest are the club in his sights. Nottingham Forest purchased striker Britt Assombalonga from Posh for £5.5 million in August and claims have surfaced today (February 3) that £1.5 million of that fee is now overdue.

Forest have form for messing Posh about over a transfer - they pulled out of a deal to sign George Boyd at the last minute in January 2013 claiming the player had failed an eye test.

Forest are owned by welathy Kuwaiti businessman Fawaz Al-Hasawi.

MacAnthony said: “Ok Posh fans, there won’t be any incoming signings today, but that has nothing to do with players having to leave. The real reason is due to a certain Championship club failing to make an agreed large payment (not thousands btw) last week on a player they bought from us

“This same club did this to us in August and now again. Truthfully it’s a disgrace and their chairman is the same. It has put us last minute in a terrible predicament which I shall now fix and once the loan window opens, we shall bring in a couple of players to help the squad.

“It’s also a shambles the Football League allow this nonsense to carry on and not for the first time. I’m also sure we are not only club who it’s happened to, but the knock on effect is outrageous and doesn’t help a club like Posh that’s for sure!

“I don’t like having to share this on twitter, but our fans deserve to know why it’s been a quiet day and I have (now given) other chairman fair warning that I won’t be messed around and that all within the game will know this should he not pay up. Sad thing is that he can afford to!!”

Posh did finally get rid of million-pound striker Tyrone Barnett last night (February 2). He has joined League Two leaders Shrewsbury for an undisclosed fee after ‘The Shrews’ matched Posh’s six-figure valuation of the 29 year-old.

Posh have been keen to off-load Barnett for the last 18 months. He was one of the biggest wage earners at the club. Posh will have taken a substantial hit on the club record £1.1 million they paid for him in February 2012. Barnett still had another full season left on his Posh contract.

Barnett scored just 12 goals for Posh. He made 63 appearances for the club, 42 as a starter.

Barnett’s departure will help free up some cash for incomings at the ABAX Stadium, but Posh are happy to wait for the loan transfer window to open on February 9 before making a move. Posh have already completed the transfer of Harry Beautyman from Welling United and signed goalkeeper Scott Loach and striker Aaron Mclean on loan from Rotherham and Bradford City respectively in the January transfer window.

Ferguson is trying to attract a midfielder and a central defender to the club. He’s now been told he can have Leyton Orient central defender Mathieu Baudry for a fee after the clubs had previously agreed to a loan deal. Posh are unlikely to offer cash for a 26 year-old who was back in the Orient first team at the weekend (January 31), as part of a side that lost 4-1 at home to Scunthorpe.

Ten League One clubs - Chesterfield, Preston, Port Vale, MK Dons, Oldham, Leyton Orient, Walsall, Sheffield United, Bradford City and Coventry - made signings on transfer deadline day. The transfer window closed for permanent deals at 11pm in England.

The £5 million sale of brilliant MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli to Spurs was the stand out sale, although the player has immediately been loaned back to Dons for the rest of the season. Chesterfield lost League One’s top scorer Eoin Doyle to Championship club Cardiff for £750,000.

Posh failed to get winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing out of the club. He turned down two loan moves in the last few days, one was believed to be to League One promotion chasers Bradford City.

Other League One transfers on #DeeadlineDay:

Blair Turgott [West Ham - Coventry] Free

Wes Burns [Bristol City - Cheltenham] Loan

George Long [Sheffield United - Motherwell] Loan

Alex Cisak [Burnley - Leyton Orient] Loan

Ashley Carter [Wolves - Chesterfield] Loan

Mark Duffy [Birmingham - Chesterfield] Loan

Brendan Moloney [Yeovil - Northampton] Free

Stephen McGinn [Sheffield United - Dundee] Free

Jordy Hiwula [Manchester City - Walsall] Loan

Caolan Lavery [Sheff Wed - Chesterfield] Loan

Tommy O’Sullivan [Cardiff - Port Vale] Loan

David Mirfin [Scunthorpe - Hartlepool] Loan

Callum Robinson [Aston Villa - Preston] Loan

Luke Williams [Middlesbrough - Coventry] Loan

Greg Luer [Hull City - Port Vale] Loan

Keith Andrews [Bolton - MK Dons] Loan

Matt Done [Rochdale - Sheffield United] Undisclosed

Jordan Wynter [Bristol City - Cheltenham] Free

Mani Dieseruvwe [Sheffield Wednesday - Chesterfield] Undisclosed

Conor Wilkinson [Bolton - Oldham] Loan

Lyle Taylor [Scunthorpe - Partick Thistle] Loan

Rhys Murphy [Dagenham - Oldham] Undisclosed

Danny Swanson [Coventry - St Johnstone] Loan

Gary MacKenzie [Blackpool - Bradford] Loan

Eoin Doyle [Chesterfield - Cardiff] Undisclosed

Dele Alli [MK Dons - Tottenham] Undisclosed (in the region of £5m); Alli loaned back to MK Dons until end of season

Your transfer deadline day comments

‘I’ve heard we are after Callum Reilly from Birmingham on loan’


‘I’d like to sign Ryan Donaldson from Cambridge’


‘Dean Cox would be nice’


‘Max Power from Tranmere please’


‘Jed Wallace from Portsmouth would be good’


‘Someone in the Georgie Boyd mould please. #creator #assists

‘Ryan Bennett or a centre midfielder please.’


‘Let’s sign Scott Loach permanently’


‘I think it’s an imaginary Championship club interested in Tyrone Barnett’


‘We need some energy in the squad. Despite the condition of the pitch, we looked very uninspiring on Saturday’


‘If we’re not signing anyone that would be a farce as we’d have the smallest squad in League One’


‘Steve Evans is daft, but not daft enough to sign Tyrone Barnett’


‘Deli Alli would go straight back to MK Dons on loan if he’s sold’


‘Should be one of the easier deadline days for you Swanny. Chairman not expecting any business’


‘I thought Deli Alli was going to Newcastle for £5m. Moving in summer?’


‘There is no worse day in the sporting calendar than transfer deadline day. Most annoying, boring day ever.’


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