POSH TO SMASH TRANSFER RECORD
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.