Barry Fry, Director of Football at League One outfit Peterborough United has said that he will only discuss selling star striker Jack Marriott, if someone offers the club more money than they have ever sold someone for before.
The Posh took £6m from Premier League Crystal Palace for hotshot Dwight Gayle in 2013 and Fry says that only a bid more than that would even get the club to the negotiating table.
Leeds United need a striker in the January window and have been heavily linked with a swoop for the hitman, who has 23 goals from 37 appearances across all competitions this season.
Fry has, in no uncertain terms, told anyone interested where the bidding starts for Marriott. He said to the Express: “No-one at the club wants Jack to leave. We have rejected a bid of £4m and unless there is a club prepared to break our transfer record we wouldn’t even sit down with them.
“The chairman wants to build a promotion-winning side and we are aware of not doing anything to harm the goodwill our fans are feeling as the team strings together some encouraging results.”
A starting price north of £6m for Marriott looks a bit steep at this moment in time. He is scoring goals but there would be a lot of pressure on him to come in and make the difference in the Championship promotion race or relegation battle and I’m not sure he’s there just yet.
There must be other, more cost-effective options that Leeds could target. Jordan Hugill would cost around £8m more and has scored for fun in the Championship.
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