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Portsmouth receive blow in hunt for 14-goal forward



Portsmouth are a long way adrift of Peterborough’s valuation of striker Matt Godden, although the door remains open for them to up their bid, as reported by the Portsmouth News.

Godden is seemingly surplus to requirements at London Road, just a year after making the switch from League Two Stevenage. He bagged 14 goals in 38 League One matches but, following the arrival of Darren Ferguson, struggled to find his early season form.

Mo Eisa has now signed for Posh and it seems he’ll be leading the line, with Godden allowed to move on. However, despite strong interest from Pompey, Peterborough will not be letting the player go on the cheap.

It’s believed that their opening bid was around the £425,000 mark; a similar fee to that paid by Posh a year ago. Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony confirmed that had been rejected as he wanted to turn a profit on Godden.

Godden is a late bloomer, only coming back to the Football League three years ago after dropping out following his time with Scunthorpe, but he’s certainly made up for lost time.

He netted 35 goals in 86 matches for Stevenage, which earned him the big-money move to London Road.

The Verdict

I think £425,000 is a bit steep, not only for Pompey but also if that’s the figure Posh paid last season.

Godden did well in League Two, scored a few goals, but he didn’t stand out as a player who would develop into anything other than a League One striker.

Peterborough usually pay big money for younger players with scope to develop, Jack Marriott a classic example, so this transfer stood out as odd at the time.

I think they’d be best selling him on for whatever the next bid is because if they don’t, he’s only going to depreciate in value over the next few months.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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