Speaking to the Peterborough Telegraph, Peterborough United manager Steve Evans says they will not be signing striker Matt Godden from Stevenage. The former Mansfield Town boss says they have been unable to agree personal terms with the player.
The 26-year-old was ‘made available for transfer’ earlier this month after Godden twice rejected the chance to sign a new and improved deal to remain at Stevenage. It had seemed inevitable he’d be moving to Peterborough, but Evans has now seemingly poured cold water on any prospect of that happening.
Whilst the two clubs did agree a fee, Evans said that the player wanted a wage that the club would not be prepared to offer, saying it’d break their ‘structure’,
“We’re disappointed, but we move on. My chairman did all he could by agreeing a fee with a tough negotiator in Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace, but the player wanted more than we wanted to offer,
“We have a structure in place at the club which we won’t break for anyone. It’s a shame because I’ve always rated Matty highly, but unless there’s a big shift in his position we won’t be signing him.”
Evans had hoped to make the forward his fifth summer signing at the club. So far, Aaron Chapman, Rhys Bennett, Mark O’Hara and Colin Daniel have entered London Road, as the former Leeds United head coach looks to build a side capable of challenging for promotion into the Sky Bet Championship next season. As for Godden, he now focuses his attentions elsewhere, as he looks to seek a move away from The Lamex Stadium.