Peterborough United completed some incoming deadline day transfer business with the arrival of Conor Coventry – but it could have been a lot more.
It was more important for the newly-promoted Championship side to keep the likes of Siriki Dembele and Jonson Clarke-Harris who proved integral to the club last season, but they were actively in the market to as ever bolster their forward line.
According to The Sun on Sunday (September 5, page 62), a late bid of £1.2 million for Accrington Stanley forward Colby Bishop was rejected by the Lancashire side, with Posh not going back in with another offer.
The 24-year-old, who dropped into non-league following his release from Notts County and excelled at Leamington before being snapped up by Accrington in 2019, scored 10 goals in League One last season, forming a prolific partnership with Northern Ireland international Dion Charles.
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It has now been confirmed by Peterborough director of football Barry Fry that an offer was put in for the striker, however the figure was not exactly correct and it would have hinged on a potential departure.
“Colby scored bundles of goals for Leamington and we liked him so he came down with his agent to talk terms, but we eventually withdrew because we were concerned about his injury record,” Fry said of Bishop, per Peterborough Today.
“He then joined Accrington and fair play to him he’s done well up there.
“We did bid for him again on deadline day because we thought we might get a fantastic offer for Jonno. It was nowhere near £1.2 million though and it was turned down anyway.
“Without Jonno we would have had no size up front and, although Colby wouldn’t score as much as Jonno, he’s arguably even better in the air.”
You can always count on Peterborough to be in the running for a promising striker – even when they already have enough on their books.
But in this instance it only looked as though something would have occurred with Bishop had Posh received a big offer for Clarke-Harris, and that of course did not come.
Clarke-Harris is yet to find the back of the net so far this season and that may have been playing on the club’s mind and it may also be the reason why no transfer bids came.
Bishop is a few years younger than the Peterborough striker but it seems like it would have taken a lot more than what was offered initially to prize him away from Lancashire, with Accrington now having two valuable commodities up-front.