The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Luke Mur­ray

HAV­ING bro­ken their record trans­fer fee to bag his man, Peter­bor­ough boss Dar­ren Fer­gu­son be­lieves new striker Britt As­som­ba­longa can fire them back to the Cham­pi­onship at the first at­tempt.

Posh were on the look out for a new hit­man af­ter los­ing joint-top scorer Dwight Gayle to Pre­mier League new boys Crys­tal Palace, barely six months af­ter he had moved from Da­gen­ham.

Af­ter hit­ting 16 goals while on-loan at Southend from Wat­ford last sea­son and five in five for Con­fer­ence Pre­mier League side Brain­tree the sea­son be­fore, Posh had pin­pointed As­som­ba­longa as the man to fill the void.

Al­though sign­ing for an undis­closed amount, chair­man Dar­ragh MacAn­thony re­vealed the club had ‘smashed’ the cur­rent record fee of £1.1m paid for Ty­rone Bar­nett, with the 20-year-old agree­ing to a four-year deal.

And for Fer­gu­son, who is keen to bounce straight back to the Cham­pi­onship, As­som­ba­longa’s trans­fer rep­re­sented job done.

“Ev­ery­one is aware we have been look­ing for a striker and this is the one that we have been af­ter,” said Fer­gu­son.

“He did very well at Southend and Wat­ford thought very highly of him.

“I had a good chat with Gian­franco (Zola) about him. We thought ini­tially it was go­ing to be a loan, but the chair­man has come up with the money and that is fan­tas­tic for all in­volved with the club.

“He has a lot of po­ten­tial, he is strong phys­i­cally, has good pace, he’s good fin­isher and a re­ally nice lad. He ticks all of the boxes.”

Mean­while the club have also re­signed Mark Lit­tle on an 11-month con­tract af­ter the defender ini­tially re­jected an of­fer ear­lier in the sum­mer.

“We couldn’t agree in the sum­mer, he was fully en­ti­tled to talk to other clubs and now we have got it all sorted,” added Fer­gu­son.

“He did well for us in the Cham­pi­onship, his con­tract ex­pired and we have given him a new one.”

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