In a Periscope stream on Twitter after the 5pm deadline, Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony revealed that striker Kayden Jackson was preparing for a medical with The Posh, before Ipswich Town jumped in at the eleventh hour.
Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony revealed in a Periscope stream that The Posh were preparing a medical for striker Kayden Jackson to complete a deal which would see the 24-year-old move to London Road from Accrington Stanley. However, Ipswich Town got on the phone to Jackson before he travelled to Peterborough, and the striker instead opted for a move to Portman Road.
U-turns seemed to be fashionable on deadline day, and this is another example of one. Darragh MacAnthony told Posh fans:
“We’ve chashed him relentlessly since January, Andy Holt (Accrington Stanley chairman) will tell you that we’ve put bids in in January, I put bids in on the 2nd of May, 10th of May, 20th of May, we fought that one all the way through the summer.
“Last Monday Andy finally rang me, and he said, right, you’ve got a deal, you’ve got permission to speak to him, its down to you and the agent and the player, but I’m also giving permission to other championship clubs. When I heard that I thought ‘right here we go’.
“I even got involved, I spoke to the agent all Monday, I spent 11 hours on the deal, spoke to the player directly, and at 12:30 on Monday night the player told me he was coming, the agent old me he was coming, the boss of the agency told me he was coming. It was done, everything was agreed with Accrington and with the player.
“Tuesday morning, he was picking his gear up at Accrington, he was driving down to us for the medical, I spent four grand on a medical because it was such a substantial fee. And the agent on Tuesday morning said yeah he’s picking his boots up, and, in that time in between, Ipswich got on the phone to him, did what they did, its championship, it’s a lot more than we can offer, worse than that he wanted to play in the championship because he’s 24, he’s not 20, 21. And he changed his mind.
“So that was absolutely devastating, and that was tough to take because a lot of work went into Monday night, particularly from me, and I was disappointed not to get that one over the line, but I was thrilled that we could reinvigorate the Ivan Toney one which we thought we’d lost during the summer.”