. . . Fergie is keen to make fools of the book­ies

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

DAR­REN Fer­gu­son in­sists Posh will make fools of the book­ies . . . as long as he ac­quires the ma­jor­ity of his sum­mer trans­fer tar­gets.

The first odds re­lat­ing to the 2012/13 Cham­pi­onship sea­son were pub­lished this week and Posh are ef­fec­tively sec­ond favourites for the drop be­hind Barns­ley with all book­mak­ers.

Posh have been listed at 100/1 to win the ti­tle. Big-spend­ing Le­ices­ter are the cur­rent favourites at 8/1.

But Posh boss Fer­gu­son said: “I don’t care what the book­mak­ers think, I know that if I get the play­ers I am af­ter we will do bet­ter than last sea­son’s 50 points and stay well clear of trou­ble.

“We were among the favourites to go down last sea­son and it never looked like hap­pen­ing. There were six teams be­low us at the end and of those that stayed up with us I guess they think For­est will have a much bet­ter sea­son.

“I guess the book­mak­ers are tak­ing the way we fin­ished last sea­son into ac­count and the fact that the teams com­ing up prob­a­bly won’t strug­gle.

“But I am con­fi­dent we will en­joy an­other good sea­son as long as we get the play­ers we want.”

Fer­gu­son (be­low) re­ported no fur­ther progress on new sign­ings. The club are re­fus­ing to com­ment on spec­u­la­tion this sum­mer, but Posh are un­der­stood to be in­ter­ested in Fleet­wood striker Jamie Vardy, MK Dons mid­fielder Stephen Glee­son and Northamp­ton mid­fielder Michael Ja­cobs among oth­ers .

Vardy is ex­pected to join Le­ices­ter in a £1 mil­lion deal to­day, a record sale for a non-league player.

Dons yes­ter­day of­fered Glee­son a fresh and im­proved con­tract fol­low­ing the club’s exit from the League One play-offs. Glee­son’s cur­rent deal ex­pires next month.

Fer­gu­son watched tri­al­list striker Conor Washington train­ing with the Posh youth team yes­ter­day. The St Ives for­ward earned a three-day trial at Posh af­ter scor­ing 52 goals in 50 games for the club.

Fer­gu­son added: “Conor looked sharp. He’s clearly a de­cent fin­isher which is what I ex­pected to see con­sid­er­ing his scor­ing record, but he will be as­sessed over three days be­fore we make a decision.”

Posh have sold 4,335 sea­son tick­ets for next sea­son. There is a cap at 5,000 sales.

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