Middlesbrough chasing Posh skipper Boyd

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9am: George Boyd looks set to leave Peterborough United in the summer.

9am: George Boyd looks set to leave Peterborough United in the summer.Posh have confirmed that talks are ongoing with Championship rivals Middlesbrough regarding the possible transfer of the club captain to The Riverside.

Boro had a bid for Boyd rejected by Posh during the January transfer window, but he remains a target for Boro boss Gordon Strachan, even if his side are promoted to the Premier League at the end of the season.

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According to gazettelive.co.uk "Boro hope to complete a deal with (Peterborough United] the struggling Championship side to bring (Boyd] the 12-goal Scottish B international in on loan until the end of the season."

Speaking to BBC Cambridgeshire today, Posh legend Tommy Robson said: "I would say to George hold off and try and get a Premier League side straight from here if you want to go.

"It would be a great loss for the club and especially for the supporters."

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Boyd's agent has informed Posh officials that he's unlikely to sign an extension to his current contract which expires at the end of next season.

Posh must decide whether to cash in on their gifted winger now or run the risk of losing him for nothing when his contract ends.

Posh paid Stevenage 260,000 for Boyd in January 2007 and would expect to make a handsome profit when the 24 year-old moves on. Stevenage would be entitled to a part of any fee.

Posh could also be prepared to let Craig Mackail-Smith or Aaron Mclean leave on loan in the next few weeks.

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Posh director of football Barry Fry said: "Boro were one of a number of clubs who enquired about George in January.

"They made a bid which was rejected by the chairman because he wanted to keep all his best players to give us the best chance of avoiding relegation. The chairman could have cashed in, but he didn't because he believes in backing his manager.

"George was informed of the interest and he was happy to stay and play for us. We are still in touch with Middlesbrough about him, but I'd be surprised if he left while it is still mathematically possible for us to stay up.

"We have had several discussions with George's agent regarding a new contract though and he has consistently made it clear that George would not be signing an extension.

"And to be fair to George he has been a model professional throughout his time here. He has been a great player and a great servant so if the manager believes he can build a side without George that might be the way we go.

"It's the same with Craig and Aaron. If the manager is using a system that leaves Craig and Aaron on the bench then we might as well cash in on an asset.

"There has been far more interest in Craig than Aaron though."

Fry stressed that the final decision on all transfers in or out of London Road would be made by Posh manager Jim Gannon.

Gannon is a big fan of Tommy Rowe who could fill in for Boyd on the left-hand side of attack.

Posh striker Kwesi Appiah scored the opener in Kettering's 3-1 win at Tamworth in the Blue Square Premier last night. It was the second goal of his loan spell.