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

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

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.

Is he com­ing?

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.

Is he com­ing?

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.

Is he com­ing? Age: Po­si­tion:

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.

Is he com­ing?

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.

Is he com­ing?

CLASS ACT: Stephen Glee­son.

HARD TACK­LER: Michael Bost­wick.

MA­JOR TAL­ENT: Michael Ja­cobs.

ONE CLUB MAN: Dean Lew­ing­ton.

DOM­I­NANT DE­FENDER: Kyle Mcfadzean.

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