Godden is a reported target for Portsmouth, but is seemingly going to struggle for first team football at London Road following the arrival of Mo Eisa.
He only signed for Posh last summer, arriving in a substantial six-figure deal from League Two side Stevenage. He enjoyed huge success in the first half of the season, but following Steve Evans’ dismissal, he struggled for goals.
Director of football Barry Fry has revealed the club have already turned down an offer of £500,000 for the former Scunthorpe trainee, who is still very much a wanted man at London Road.
“Matt wants regular first-team football at his age,” Fry said.
“That’s what he told the manager and it’s understandable, but we don’t really want him to go. We think in Mo Eisa, Ivan Toney and Matt we have forwards who will score plenty of goals between them.
“Portsmouth were keen, but we turned their bid of £500k down because we want £750k. MK Dons also enquired about him. but they didn’t go as far as making a bid.”
Godden began his career with Scunthorpe but struggled to break through at Glanford Park despite touring the non-league scene on loan. He later moved to Ebbsfleet, where he proved to be a decent finisher before his rise to prominence with Stevenage.
That’s a lot of money for Godden. I’m not disputing his ability, but if they paid £400,000 for him then to expect nearly double back is a big ask.
He got fewer goals in League One than Andy Cook, yet he didn’t command that sort of fee when moving to Mansfield earlier in the summer. Godden isn’t a 23-year-old with potential, he’s going to be 28 by the time the season starts.
Peterborough are over-valuing him and I think that’s reflective of them wanting to keep him with the club. They would love his talents coming off the bench, but that’s not the player’s wish.
By pricing clubs out of a move, they stealthily deny him his transfer. Clever, but then Peterborough usually are.