POSH CLOSE TO SIGNING A LEFT-BACK
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.