POSH TO SMASH TRANS­FER RECORD

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - by MARK PLUM­MER

POSH are pre­pared to break their trans­fer record to land a new striker this sum­mer.

Di­rec­tor of foot­ball Barry Fry re­vealed the club have al­ready made a ‘sub­stan­tial bid’ for their at­tack­ing tar­get.

Their of­fer for the player is in ex­cess of the £500,000 paid to Grimsby Town for teenage de­fender Ryan Ben­nett back in Jan­uary.

Posh are cur­rently wait­ing to learn whether the bid has been suc­cess­ful but know they face strong com­pe­ti­tion from higher-level clubs

Fry re­fused to give any clues about the iden­tity of the player in­volved, but he did con­firm it is not young Arse­nal front­man Jay Simp­son as spec­u­lated in one na­tional news­pa­per yes­ter­day.

Highly-rated Simp­son spent last sea­son on loan at Queens Park Rang- ers in the Cham­pi­onship where he man­aged 13 goals but doesn’t in­ter­est Posh.

Fry said: “We have made a sub­stan­tial bid for a cen­tre-for­ward and if we are suc­cess­ful, it will break our trans­fer record.

“This boy has only just be­come avail­able but we are not the only club in­volved. At least two Cham­pi­onship sides are af­ter him as well.

“I un­der­stand that we have made the high­est bid as things stand but it is a case of wait­ing for an an­swer from the other club concerned.”

Posh have al­ready boosted their at­tack with the free-trans­fer cap­ture of Shrews­bury man Dave Hib­bert this sum­mer who joins the ‘Mac-At­tack’ of Craig Mack­ail-Smith and Aaron Mclean on the London Road books. But they could still do with more fire­power af­ter al­low­ing Shaun Batt to move to League One play-off kings Mill­wall af­ter a suc­cess­ful loan spell.

Posh have been busy in the trans­fer mar­ket dur­ing the close sea­son.

They also snapped up North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tional ace Grant McCann on a free, signed Aussie mid­field man James Wesolowski for an undis­closed fee and turned right­back Mark Lit­tle’s loan deal into a per­ma­nent move.

POSH will com­plete their cap­ture of Shrews­bury Town de­fender Kelvin Lang­mead as soon as the player re­turns from hol­i­day.

Fry con­firmed a fee has been agreed with the League Two club and that ne­go­ti­a­tions over per­sonal terms have been suc­cess­fully com- pleted.

He added: “We have done a deal with Shrews­bury and I agreed terms with the player’s agent over the week­end.

“Kelvin is away in Mex­ico at the moment but he will sign on the dot­ted line as soon as he re­turns.

“It is all sys­tems go and there won’t be any hitches.”

Lang­mead (25) is the Shrews’ long­est-serv­ing player af­ter mak­ing just over 250 ap­pear­ances in five-and-ahalf years with the Shrop­shire club.

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