CEN­TRE-BACK SIGNS TO­DAY

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Etbusiness Daily - By ALAN SWANN alan.swann@jpress.co.uk

POSH are ex­pected to com­plete the free trans­fer sign­ing of Wrex­ham cen­tre-back Nathaniel Knight-per­ci­val to­day.

The Evening Tele­graph re­vealed six weeks ago that the 25 year-old had signed a pre-con­tract agree­ment to join Posh this sum­mer.

Knight-per­ci­val was con­verted from a winger to a de­fender fol­low­ing a move from His­ton to Wrex­ham in the sum­mer of 2010.

The Eng­land non-league cap has been a vir­tual ever-present this sea­son in a Blue Square Premier Di­vi­sion cam­paign that fin­ished in a play-off semi-final de­feat at the hands of Lu­ton ear­lier this week.

Fer­gu­son is hop­ing to sign sev­eral other new play­ers be­fore the team leave for the pre-sea­son train­ing camp in Por­tu­gal early in July, but the club re­main tight-lipped about their tar­gets.

Mid­field­ers Michael Ja­cobs (Northamp­ton) and Michael Bost­wick (Steve­nage) are re­port­edly of in­ter­est to Posh, while Fer­gu­son is a known ad­mirer of mid­fielder Michael O’con­nor who was re­leased by Scun­thorpe ear­lier this week.

If Posh are in­ter­ested in Ja­cobs, and Di­rec­tor of Foot­ball Barry Fry watched him in the final game of last sea­son, they will not land the 20 year-old on the cheap, even though he is out of con­tract.

Northamp­ton are be­lieved to have been ad­vised of a com­pen­sa­tion fig­ure they would re­ceive if the mat­ter was sent to a tri­bunal (as is the case with play­ers un­der 24) and no club is be­lieved to have bid any­where near that fig­ure so far.

An­other Fer­gu­son favourite, Paul Coutts, is be­lieved to be un­set­tled at Pre­ston, while Posh have also been linked with Welling for­ward Loick Pires.

Posh have yet to sell any of the play­ers placed on the trans­fer list at the end of last sea­son, although club skip­per Grant Mccann is ru­moured to be a tar­get of Barns­ley, one of his for­mer clubs.

Fer­gu­son did re­veal yes­ter­day that con­tract talks with goal­keeper Paul Jones have reached ‘a stale­mate’ so the 25 year-old could fol­low fel­low num­ber one Joe Lewis out of London Road.

POS­SI­BLE POSH TAR­GET: Michael O’con­nor has been re­leased by Scun­thorpe. DEF­I­NITE POSH TAR­GET: Nathaniel Knight-per­ci­val (left) is set to com­plete his move to­day.

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