Peterborough United director of football Barry Fry has revealed that Championship side Hull City have made an approach for attacking midfielder Marcus Maddison.
The 25-year-old enjoyed another impressive season with the Posh last season, scoring eight goals and providing 15 assists in 40 league appearances as they narrowly missed out on a place in the League One play-off.
Maddison’s performances now appears to have caught the attention of Hull, with Fry telling the Peterborough Telegraph: “Hull have been in touch.
“It wasn’t Grant (McCann, the newly appointed Hull manager) as he doesn’t deal with transfers.
“They asked how much we would want for him and I said they would have to match the buyout clause in his contract. If they do that we couldn’t stop him leaving if he wanted to go.”
It is thought that that buyout clause in Maddison’s contract is worth £2.5million, and discussing whether he believed Maddison would still be at the ABAX Stadium next season, Fry added: “Hull haven’t been back with a bid, but we are confident we can keep Marcus anyway.
“He’s a special player and is settled here.”
There are just 12 months remaining on Maddison’s current contract with Peterborough, and the club are expected to open negotiations over a new deal when they head to La Manga next month for the club’s pre-season trip.
Maddison joined Peterborough from non league Gateshead in the summer of 2014, and has gone on to make 223 appearances in all competitions for Posh, scoring 52 goals and providing 80 assists in total for the club.
This would be a smart move from Hull.
With Kamil Grosicki expected to move on the summer and Jarrod Bowen attracting Premier League interest, it seems inevitable that the Tigers will need to bring in some new recruits in the attacking midfield position over the summer transfer window.
Maddison’s record for Peterborough certainly seems to suggest that he would be capable of making the step up to the Championship, and demonstrates why Posh will be so keen to keep for some time yet.
As Fry says however, they will be powerless to stop him leaving if Hull meet his release clause, and with fees potentially coming in for both Bowen and Grosicki, it shouldn’t be too difficult for Hull to do that.