Posh rule out Bennett sale

Peterborough United defender Ryan Bennett. Picture: Peterborough ET
Peterborough United defender Ryan Bennett. Picture: Peterborough ET
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BARRY Fry insists there is no danger of Peterborough United centre-back Ryan Bennett leaving London Road in the near future.

National newspaper reports were again linking the highly-rated 21 year-old with Premier League giants Arsenal and Spurs this week.

But Director of Football Fry, the man who negotiates all transfers in and out of London Road, revealed that no bids have been received for a player who only signed a new Posh contract in the summer.

Bennett has been outstanding at the heart of the Posh defence in the Championship this season. His form earned him a first England Under 21 appearance in Norway earlier this month.

Fry said: “Arsenal and Spurs have been tracking Ryan for a couple of years now. I have had conversations with them and with half-a-dozen other clubs, but it’s only talk so far and I wouldn’t expect that to change any time soon.

“Ryan recently signed a fresh deal with us. He’s happy here and he loves working for our manager.

“Obviously if someone bid £10 million that new contract wouldn’t mean a lot! But that isn’t likely to happen.

“There is no rush because Ryan is just going to get better and better. He’s playing in a great standard of football now and has looked very impressive.”

Arsenal and Spurs were both linked with moves for Bennett in August, 2010. Around the same time Sheffield United reportedly had a £1 million bid turned down for a player who cost Posh a club record £500,000 when he completed a permanent move from Grimsby in January 2010.

Fry also revealed that Posh boss Darren Ferguson has no immediate plans to enter the loan market, even though defender Scott Wootton has returned to his parent club Manchester United because of a knee injury.

“The manager is happy with the squad he has,” Fry added. “We are keeping an eye on one or two players for the January transfer window, but we are all content with the seasons we’ve had so far,”

Posh full-back Craig Alcock should be fit for Saturday’s trip to Watford. He suffered a slight leg injury in the defeat by Leeds last weekend which led to his half-time substitution.

POSH have sold their entire allocation of 2,100 tickets for Saturday’s Championship fixture at Watford. Tickets were selling at just £10 for adults and £1 for children to generate interest in Watford’s family fun day at Vicarage Road.

There will no admission on the day for visiting fans.

POSH stars George Boyd and David Ball will be at Schoffields Dry Cleaners in Herlington, Orton Malborne to sign autographs between 2-3pm today.