Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has today (January 8) revealed his club have rejected three bids in excess of £1 million for in-form striker Conor Washington.
MacAnthony used his Twitter feed to update Posh fans on the club’s dealings so far in the January transfer window. He didn’t respond directly to a report in the Daily Mail this morning that Championship side Reading have made a £3 million bid for the 23 year-old striker.
MacAnthony said: “On Monday Night I turned down a multi-multi million pound bid for Conor Washington from a recently relegated Premier league club. On Tuesday afternoon I turned down another multi-million pound bid for Conor from another ex-prem club.
“And yesterday morning I again turned another bid down for Conor from a large Championship club. The fact is I have rejected three bids on the terms offered.
“Posh don’t ever stand in the way of players moving on to big things as long as everybody is happy with the deal. That is the truth.
“I value our young squad, know their talent and they trust that when and if the right deal comes along, I’ll do right by them and our club. It’s our policy. Ask Dwight Gayle, Britt Assombalonga, Lee Tomlin, Ryan Bennett and others if our policy works.
“Finally, all Football League clubs and non-league clubs be warned (in a good way) that should we do business; lock up your best young talent as Posh will be on the prowl.”
MacAnthony also revealed that he rejected five offers from Premier League and top-end Championship clubs for teenage midfielder Jermaine Anderson at the end of November. Anderson is now out for the season with a knee injury. Spurs were believed to be one of the clubs interested in the 19 year-old.
QPR, Sheffield Wednesday, Wolves, Birmingham City and Cardiff are Championship clubs known to have watched Washington in recent weeks. QPR were present last Saturday (January 2) when Washington scored a great goal at Sheffield United.
Reading are in the market for a striker, and they have money in the bank, after selling top scorer Nick Blackman to Derby County this week.
But a source close to the Championship club has this morning denied this morning’s Daily Mail report, even though new manager Brian McDermott has been seen at a couple of Posh matches recently.
It seems certain that Washington, who has 14 goals this season, will leave Posh in the January transfer window. The club have never hidden the fact that they will sell a player to help balance the books, but that they will also be recruiting replacements.
Any club signing Washington will inherit a player in outstanding form. He’s scored 12 of his 14 goals this term in his last 13 appearances.
Posh signed Washington from League Two side Newport County for a deal reported to be worth £500,000 incling add-on clauses in January 2014. Striker Shaun Jeffers moved to Newport as part of the same deal.
Newport claim to have a sell-on clause for Washington, who was also linked to a move back to South Wales with Cardiff City last month.
Washington has scored 32 goals in 92 appearances (20 as a substitute) for Posh and shown has shown remarkable improvement since Graham Westley became manager at the end of September.
Today’s Mail report also suggested that Washington was pulled out of training yesterday (January 7) as transfer talks gathered pace. If he is left out of the starting line-up in tomorrow’s (January 9) FA Cup tie against Preston at the ABAX Stadium, it would suggest a deal to sell him is close.
Washington was a prolific scorer for St Ives in the United Counties League when he first arrived at Posh for a trial in 2012, but he found the pace of training too hot and instead moved to Newport. He helped Newport to promotion from the Conference before joining Posh midway through the following season.
Washington scored just eight goals for Newport in 48 appearances (22 as a substitute).
He scored just five goals for Posh in the second-half of the 2013-14 season, but was the club’s top scorer last season with 13 goals. He has already surpassed that tally this season.