IN THE KNOW

Neil Fissler re­ports all the lat­est hot gos­sip in the trans­fer mar­ket

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Neil Fissler

HULL CITY are leading the race to sign Peter­bor­ough hit man Britt As­som­ba­longa in the sum­mer.

The 21-year-old joined Posh from Wat­ford only last sum­mer but they are al­ready fight­ing to re­tain his ser­vices for next sea­son.

As­som­ba­longa signed a four-year deal when mov­ing to Lon­don Road and has scored 30 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Scouts from Pre­mier League clubs have been flock­ing to watch him in ac­tion in re­cent weeks.

As­som­ba­longa, who had loan spells at Wealdstone, Brain­tree and Southend, has im­proved ev­ery sea­son, step­ping up through the di­vi­sions.

Hull boss Steve Bruce be­lieves he has what it takes to make it in the top flight and could be ready to open his cheque­book.

Posh di­rec­tor of foot­ball Barry Fry is brac­ing him­self for more calls about the Zaire-born striker, who moved to this coun­try when he was eight months old.

New­cas­tle boss Alan Pardew is an­other boss from the top flight who has taken a look at As­som­ba­longa.

Fry will, how­ever, de­mand a mas­sive in­crease on the club record £1.5m Posh paid out to lure As­som­ba­longa away from Wat­ford. SH­EFFIELD UNITED are ready to re­new at­tempts to sign Work­sop Town striker Leon Met­tam, who suf­fered an an­kle in­jury as he was about to sign for the club at the end of last year.

Met­tam is now fit again and the Blades are ready to press ahead with plans to sign him de­spite in­ter­est from Crys­tal Palace. MILL­WALL are among a clutch of Cham­pi­onship clubs who are tak­ing a se­ri­ous in­ter­est in Portsmouth mid­fielder Jed Wal­lace.

Wal­lace looks set to leave Frat­ton Park when his cur­rent con­tract runs out at the end of the sea­son.

And he has so far re­sisted all at­tempts by Pom­pey to get him to sign a new deal.

Lions boss Ian Hol­loway has had a rep­re­sen­ta­tive run the rule over Wal­lace in the last few weeks.

But the com­pe­ti­tion will be fierce with Burn­ley, who are clos­ing in on pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League, in­ter­ested along with Middlesbrough and Derby County.

Pom­pey will be en­ti­tled to com­pen­sa­tion for the 20-year-old Eng­land U19-in­ter­na­tional who has been a first­team reg­u­lar for the last two sea­sons at Frat­ton Park.

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