Gleeson and Bostwick would be top signings
POSH are sticking rigidly to their policy of keeping stum about transfer targets. Even loose-lipped director of football Barry Fry has maintained an impressive vow of silence. But it’s speculation that makes the transfer world go round and The Evening Te
He’s the same age as potential strike partner Tyrone Barnett, and his record of 34 goals in 40 matches as current club Fleetwood stormed to the Blue Square Premier Division title last season ensured there would be plenty of interest from Football League clubs.
Posh love a non-league recruit and our record of giving players from the lower leagues an opportunity means we can’t be ruled out.
But Vardy’s finishing skills, strength and impressive technique has also led to Championship rivals Leicester City and Cardiff City showing an interest.
If money becomes an issue (and bids for the player in January report- Posh tried to prise this classy playmaker away from their local rivals at the end of last season, but the former Wolves apprentice stayed loyal to a team desperate to improve their League One status.
But Gleeson, who is now out of contract, might not want to spend another season outside the Championship following MK Dons’ play-off defeat last night.
Darren Ferguson is after two central midfielders capable of playing in the position held by Grant McCann last season and Gleeson is the sort of stylish intelligent footballer the Posh boss admires.
MK Dons play a similar patient, passing game to Posh so Gleeson would fit right in straight away.
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Anyone watching the plucky display of Stevenage in their League One play-off semi-final defeat at the hands of Sheffield United can’t fail to have been impressed by the qualities of Bostwick.
If Posh lacked anything last season it was a midfielder capable of delivering shuddering challenges in an attempt to win back possession.
The Posh centre-backs would love having Bostwick in front of them but he’s not just a hard-tackler. Bostwick managed eight goals in 52 appearances last season.
He’s had four years at Stevenage now so may be ready for a change. He’s also entering the last year of his contract so Stevenage may want to cash in on him.
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Cobblers boss Adi Boothroyd is trying desperately to keep the club’s major talent at Sixfields despite Jacobs letting his contract run out.
Jacobs has won the player-of-theseason prize at Northampton for the last two years even though he’s been up against giants of the game like Ade Akinfenwa and Kelvin Langmead.
Championship rivals Bristol City, Derby and Watford have also been linked with a player who is comfortable on either flank.
Northampton are confident they will gain a compensation fee in the region of £750,000 for the local lad. Posh, who sent Fry to watch him on the final day of last season, suspect they could get him for much less.
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He’s made more than 400 appearances for his sole club and he’s the one remaining link with the old Wimbledon. When MK Dons committed identity theft, Lewington was part of the booty.
He’s one of the better left-backs in League One, but he’s also the club captain and his loyalty to Dons may make a switch to a club who have become bitter rivals in recent seasons hard for him to make.
Lewington remains under contract at stadium:mk, but interestingly his club have been linked with a move for highly-rated Dundee United leftback Paul Dixon.
Darren Ferguson is on the record as saying he’s happy with Tommy What a great story if the local boy made good came back to his hometown club.
Posh made £500,000 by selling Steele, a former Glinton schoolboy, to Manchester United in 2002. He never made the grade at Old Trafford, but he’s been a consistent performer at Championship level for several seasons.
Steele won the player-of-the-year award at Barnsley last season, but surely he could be tempted back to a club with more than half a chance of staying in the Championship beyond next season.
There is no talk of a contract extension at Oakwell so maybe the Tykes want to raise funds by selling their best player even though he’s approaching his peak.
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Posh had a sizeable bid for this dominant defender turned down last season, but Crawley have shown a willingness to sell their better players lately so another offer might prove tempting.
Ferguson has already signed Nat Knight-percival this summer so another centre-back may not be his current priority, but Mcfadzean can also operate as a defensive midfielder.
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CLASS ACT: Stephen Gleeson.
HARD TACKLER: Michael Bostwick.
MAJOR TALENT: Michael Jacobs.
ONE CLUB MAN: Dean Lewington.
DOMINANT DEFENDER: Kyle Mcfadzean.