Peterborough have turned down a bid from Portsmouth for striker Matt Godden, according to chairman Darragh MacAnthony on Twitter.
MacAnthony added that the offer was unacceptable as it matched what they paid for him last summer, yet since then Godden has scored 18 goals in 48 appearances.
It would therefore take an increased bid from Pompey if they are to have any hope of signing the 27-year-old, according to MacAnthony himself.
Godden signed for Posh last summer from Stevenage, for an undisclosed fee believed to be a six figure sum.
Portsmouth however could be in for a large windfall of money, with forward Jamal Lowe linked with moves to Leeds, Wigan and Cardiff.
Peterborough fans should be confident of keeping the forward after MacAnthony’s statement, as well as the fact that he still has two years left on his current deal.
At 27 he could be about to reach his peak, and if he nets a similar amount next season or more then his value will increase, giving MacAntony and co. greater incentive to keep hold of him.
Matt Godden had a great first season in League One last year, and he has shown that he is able to adapt to any level, having played in non league as recently as 2016.
He could be a very important player for Peterborough next season. He finished as their second highest scorer, but he was key to getting the best out of Ivan Toney, another striker Posh fans will be desperate to keep.
It is no surprise that Portsmouth’s approach was rejected. To offer Peterborough the same price they paid for him is unacceptable and MacAnthony is right to state that there will be no progress if the bid isn’t increased.