Posh make a move for new goal­keeper

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - by MARK PLUMMER @mark­plum­mer81 mark.plummer@jpress.co.uk

POSH boss Dar­ren Fer­gu­son has re­vealed a new trans­fer de­vel­op­ment at London Road.

Fer­gu­son con­firmed the city club have made a bid for a new goal­keeper but he de­clined to re­veal the iden­tity of his shot-stop­ping tar­get.

Posh need to draft in a keeper as a mat­ter of pri­or­ity with three-time pro­mo­tion win­ner Joe Lewis hav­ing de­parted fol­low­ing the ex­piry of his con­tract and last sea­son’s num­ber one Paul Jones yet to ac­cept a new deal.

Fer­gu­son said: “We have made a bid for a goal­keeper so we will wait and see what hap­pens there.

“We have been ne­go­ti­at­ing with Paul for a good while and noth­ing has hap­pened on that front so far, but I’m not in the least bit wor­ried about the sit­u­a­tion.”

Posh have been linked with young Manch­ester United goal­keeper Ben Amos - a man who had a one-match loan spell with the club in 2009 - and re­cently re­leased Cardiff man Tom Heaton.

There has also been plenty of spec­u­la­tion sur­round­ing pos­si­ble suit­ors for Tay­lor and other trans­fer-listed play­ers in­clud­ing Ge­orge Boyd, Mark Lit­tle and Grant McCann. Lit­tle has at­tracted the sole ac­tual bid so far - it came from League Two side Rother­ham and was re­jected.

Fer­gu­son added: “Ge­orge and es­pe­cially Paul are at­tract­ing a lot of en­quiries but I’m not aware of any­thing more at this stage.

“Ob­vi­ously I do tend to stay out of the process though and leave it to Barry Fry and the chair­man to han­dle un­til be­ing given the final decision on whether or not we ac­cept an of­fer for a player.

“I’m not par­tic­u­larly sur­prised that there hasn’t been any­thing con­crete so far. Ev­ery sum­mer turns into a game of Rus­sian Roulette where clubs and play­ers of­ten tend to be reluc­tant to make a move too soon.

“I ex­pect things to de­velop fol­low­ing the an­nual chair­man’s con­fer­ence next week as it has done in pre­vi­ous years.

“But the fact there haven’t been bids for the play­ers made avail­able doesn’t af­fect who we’re try­ing to bring in. We have our tar­gets and we are go­ing af­ter them re­gard­less of whether the likes of Ge­orge, Paul and Grant are here or not.

“We have the money avail­able and the chair­man wants to spend it. I’ll back my judge­ment by iden­ti­fy­ing the right play­ers to bring in.

“We had done a deal with Fleet­wood for Jamie Vardy be­fore he chose to go to Le­ices­ter so that shows we are not afraid to pay big trans­fer fees if we feel it is the right thing to do.”

POSH chair­man Dar­ragh Ma­can­thony has de­nied that the club are in­ter­ested in Bris­tol Rovers winger Mustapha Carayol.

JOE Lewis is due to travel to the Welsh cap­i­tal to­day to rub­ber­stamp his free-trans­fer switch to Cardiff. It is thought he has been of­fered a four-year deal by Blue­birds boss Malky Mackay.

POSH mid­field tar­get Michael Ja­cobs of Northamp­ton is un­der­stood to have been the sub­ject of a bid from fel­low Cham­pi­onship club Derby County yes­ter­day.

BID RE­JECTED: For Posh de­fender Mark Lit­tle (left) from Rother­ham.

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