Birmingham City failed with two bids for Peterborough’s Marcus Maddison, with the attacking midfielder now poised to join Charlton.
The 26-year-old has been a key figure for The Posh over the years, starring in the third tier since he joined back in the summer of 2014.
Whilst his form in recent weeks has dropped off somewhat, the attacking midfielder has still contributed massively this season, weighing in with nine goals and six assists from 22 league games.
Therefore, January interest was inevitable and Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony confirmed on Twitter that the Addicks are discussing personal terms with Maddison after agreeing to pay his release clause.
However, he also revealed later on that Blues had been in for the player twice, but the offer from the West Midlands outfit was clearly lower than the Londoners.
“Birmingham have made two bids which we turned down,” he tweeted to a fan.
Pep Clotet will be desperate to strengthen his squad this month as Blues look to push on up the table following their crucial 2-1 win at Luton on Saturday which moved the side eight points clear of the relegation zone.
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Even though Blues have a lot of different options in those attacking midfield positions, Maddison would be a very good signing.
His goals and assists in League One suggest he is more than ready to make the step up and scoring goals has been a problem for Birmingham – something he could help rectify.
With Charlton at an advanced stage with this deal, Blues need to act swiftly if they want to land the player and it will be interesting to see if there is a potential twist.
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