The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World of Sport - by ALAN SWANN

POSH are on the trail of a new cen­tre-back af­ter be­com­ing re­signed to los­ing Welsh in­ter­na­tional cen­tre­back Craig Mor­gan.

Mor­gan has ad­vised the club that he wants to move north for per­sonal rea­sons. He has just one sea­son re­main­ing on his London Road con­tract so Posh are tempted to cash in on him now rather than let him leave next sum­mer for noth­ing.

Mor­gan (24) was born in North Wales and started his pro­fes­sional ca­reer at Wrex­ham. Cham­pi­onship side Pre­ston, who are man­aged by for­mer Posh boss Dar­ren Fer­gu­son, are ex­pected to ta­ble a bid for the player once ma­jor share­holder Trevor Hem­mings has com­pleted his takeover at the club.

Posh di­rec­tor of foot­ball Barry Fry said: “Gary John­son wants to keep Craig, but he doesn’t think he will be able to so he’s started look­ing for an­other cen­tre-half.

“Craig has told the club that he wants to move back up north for fam­ily rea­sons. Pre­ston did show an in­ter­est once be­fore but stopped short of mak­ing a bid, but they have changed chair­men since then so we will wait and see on that one.”

Mor­gan won his 20th Welsh in­ter­na­tional cap in a re­cent friend-

ly in Croa­tia. All but one of those caps has been won while at Posh mak­ing him the club’s most capped player.

Mor­gan has made over 100 ap­pear­ances for Posh and starred in two pro­mo­tion sea­sons, He made 33 starts last sea­son as Posh were rel­e­gated from the Cham­pi­onship and per­formed bet­ter as the sea­son wore on.

If Mor­gan was to leave, Posh would have just Gaby Zakuani and Ryan Ben­nett as spe­cial­ist se­nior cen­tral de­fend­ers, al­though Char­lie Lee can play there.

Posh striker Shaun Batt is ex­pected to com­plete his trans­fer to Mill­wall once re­turn­ing from his hol­i­day later this week. The clubs have agreed a fee.

Mid­fielder Toumani Di­agouraga ap­pears to be go­ing nowhere for now. Di­agouraga dis­missed ru­mours of a move to Bar­net by say­ing he would ‘not drop down to League Two’.

His pre­ferred des­ti­na­tion would be League One side Brent­ford for whom he played suc­cess­fully on loan last sea­son, but Bees boss Andy Scott claims ‘Posh are ask­ing a ridicu­lous fee for him’ and that ‘he will not be held to ran­som’.

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