POSH CLOSE TO SIGN­ING A LEFT-BACK

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup - by ALAN SWANN

MAN­AGER Gary John­son has sorted the Posh mid­field out so now he’s turn­ing his at­ten­tion to the de­fence.

The Evening Tele­graph can re­veal that Posh are close to sign­ing a new left-back. John­son is also de­ter­mined to bring a new cen­tral de­fender to London Road even if Welsh in­ter­na­tional Craig Mor­gan does not have his wish to leave Posh granted.

John­son is cur­rently on hol­i­day, but Posh di­rec­tor of foot­ball Barry Fry con­firmed that he is just wait­ing for a cou­ple of deals to be rat­i­fied.

The left-back is not Tony Ca­paldi, who was linked with Posh when Cardiff City re­leased him at the end of last sea­son.

Fry said: “I’ve agreed terms with the left-back’s club and the player, but the club want to se­cure a re­place­ment be­fore they let our tar­get move.”

Mor­gan is un­der­stood to be a tar­get for Cham­pi­onship side Pre­ston, but they are wait­ing for an ex­pected club takeover to be fi­nalised be­fore mak­ing a for­mal bid.

John­son, speak­ing be­fore he went abroad, said: “I do have de­fen­sive tar­gets in mind, but we will have to wait and see what hap­pens.

“I don’t want to lose Craig, but once a player makes pub­lic his wish to leave then it can be dif­fi­cult for him to go back on that and stay.

“He won’t be leav­ing for peanuts though.”

John­son is known to have spo­ken to a cen­tre-back be­fore he went away. That pro­posed deal would stand even if Mor­gan re­mains at the club.

Posh are also pur­su­ing a young Premier League winger. Again the tar­get has not been named, but Fry ruled out sug­ges­tions that New­cas­tle’s Kazenga Lua Lua or Spurs wide­man An­dros Townsend were on the club’s radar.

Fry has had to post­pone his last­ditch at­tempt to per­suade winger Ge­orge Boyd to sign a new, ex­tended con­tract as the player is cur­rently abroad. The 24 year-old is out of con­tract at the end of next sea­son.

Mid­dles­brough’s in­ter­est in Boyd resur­faced in the na­tional press over the week­end, but they have yet to im­prove on their of­fer of £1 mil­lion with £1 mil­lion in add-ons. That bid was re­jected last sea­son.

Posh only cur­rently have Scott Grif­fiths as a spe­cial­ist left-back on their books, al­though Char­lie Lee and Tommy Rowe can per­form in that role.

THE draw for the first round of the Car­ling Cup takes place to­mor­row morn­ing.

Posh have been seeded in the North­ern half of the draw. They can­not now be drawn against any Cham­pi­onship club, but they also can­not be drawn against lo­cal ri­vals Northamp­ton and MK Dons who are in the South­ern half of the draw.

Pos­si­ble Posh op­po­nents: Carlisle, Oldham, Tran­mere, Hartle­pool, Rochdale, Stock­port County, More­cambe, Rother­ham, Ch­ester­field, Bury, Brad­ford City, Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley, Crewe, Mac­cles­field, Lin­coln.

For news of the draw visit www. pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk to­mor­row morn­ing.

The League One fix­tures for the 2010-11 cam­paign will be avail­able on www.pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk on Thurs­day morn­ing.

HOP­ING TO LEAVE: Craig Mor­gan.

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