Thursday, 23 October 2008

Peterborough Warn Off Blackburn & West Brom From Mackail-Smith

Peterborough director of football Barry Fry has warned Premier League clubs off striker Craig Mackail-Smith, with Blackburn Rovers and West Bromwich Albion understood to be weighing up offers of £2million to prise the forward away from London Road in January, according to reports.

24-year-old Mackail-Smith has been at the Posh since a £125,00 transfer from Dagenham and Redbridge in 2007 and has been in prolific goalscoring form for Peterborough this season in League 1, with 10 goals to his credit already this campaign.

This has led to interest from the Baggies along with Rovers, who are both reportedly keen to lure the striker to the Premiership, but Fry is adamant that though £2million would represent a huge profit on Mackail-Smith it will not be enough to force Peterborough to sell as they look to hold on to their key players.

However, Fry has conceded that should an offer in the region of £5million come along for Mackail-Smith then he would be allowed to leave London Road for Ewood Park or the Hawthorns, but Fry firmly believes that a bid of that size will not be forthcoming.

Fry said: “The bottom line is if anyone bids £5 million for any player they'd probably be allowed to leave, but the reality is no-one will bid that much so they will stay.

“The chairman wants to go up, it's as simple as that and if we let our best players go, that might not happen. I am sure there will be 10 clubs interested in signing Craig, Aaron Mclean and George Boyd in January, but they won't be successful.

“In Craig's case he has just signed a four-year contract, he is buying a house in Peterborough and he's very happy at the club. We believe the players will achieve their ambition of playing Championship football here.

“We have built a team to be proud of and the rest of football has noticed. That happens, but I can assure all the fans that we will keep our best players.”

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