Bids have been made for reported Sunderland and Middlesbrough target says Peterborough’s director of football

Peterborough’s director of football Barry Fry says offers have been made for reported Sunderland target Marcus Maddison – yet Posh are not looking to sell in January.

Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 10:20 am

Maddison, who has scored nine goals in 18 League One appearances this season, was linked with the Black Cats in the summer but will be out of contract at the end of the season.

The 26-year-old also has a £2.5million release clause, though it’s unlikely Sunderland will spend a big sum of money in January.

Maddison has also been linked with Championship side Middlesbrough and Fry says there have been offers for the playmaker.

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Sunderland were linked with Peterborough playmaker Marcus Maddison in the summer.
Sunderland were linked with Peterborough playmaker Marcus Maddison in the summer.

“We are not interested in selling anyone in January. We want to add to the squad not weaken it,” said Fry during a question and answer session at the club’s AGM.

“The one issue we could have is Marcus, because if someone meets his valuation we can’t stop him talking to the bidding club and he could then leave.

“I don’t believe for one minute that will happen though. It makes no sense to pay £2.5 million for someone you could sign for nothing in five months time.

“Some clubs have made cheeky offers, but they won’t get Marcus on the cheap.

“And Marcus is happy to stay with us. If he does leave us, he would like it to be with the club promoted to the Championship.

“And rest assured the club has a plan B in place should anyone leave. We have identified the players we want should anyone leave.”