Transfer U-turn: Taylor the Tractor Boy

Paul Taylor now looks set to move to Ipswich
Paul Taylor now looks set to move to Ipswich
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Thursday, 8.30pm: Peterborough United stiker Paul Taylor’s transfer to Ipswich Town has been dramatically resurrected this evening (August 30).

The Posh striker is understood to have accepted an improved contract offer from the Tractor Boys tonight after rejecting their initial offer yesterday. George Boyd will not be following Taylor to Portman Road as Ipswich have declined to increase the value of the contract offered to him.

Taylor is thought to be one of the lowest-paid earners at London Road whereas Boyd is one of the highest. Ipswich have therefore found it easier to persuade Taylor to make the move to Suffolk.

Ipswich had a combined bid of £1.75 million for Taylor and Boyd accepted by Posh on Tuesday afternoon, The pair travelled to Portman Road yesterday, but returned without signing and trained with Posh this afternoon.

The fee for Taylor will be undisclosed, but it’s understood to be the vast majority of that £1.75 million for a player who cost Posh nothing when moving to London Road from Belgian football 18 months ago.

Posh boss Darren Ferguson could now try and sign a replacement striker before the current transfer window closes at 11pm tomorrow (August 31), although million-pound man Tyrone Barnett is fit and ready to make his first appearance of the season in Saturday’s Championshop fixture at Birmingham.