Peterborough United manager Graham Westley has told Sky Sports that in-demand striker Conor Washington is good enough to play in the Premier League and would be better served to not sign for a Championship club in this transfer window.

Speaking after today’s 2-0 victory in the FA Cup Third Round when defeating Championship side Preston North End, Westley said that Washington ultimately decides what he wants to do next. The 23-year-old, who scored against Championship opposition today, has been the subject of three confirmed bids in recent days according to owner Darragh MacAnthony.

That extended his run to 13 goals in his last 14 matches and more offers are expected before the culmination of the winter transfer deadline. Former Stevenage boss Westley says that although the club won’t sell unless they get the right price, they also will not stand in his way should he want to move on,

“Conor has to decide whether he accepts a move to the Championship or waits for Premier League clubs to come in.

He is such a high-quality player with such a good goalscoring record that he might let himself down in going to the Championship.

Transfer speculation is always a great test of a player’s character. We saw Conor deal with it by producing an exceptional performance, putting his body on the line and scoring a goal.

We are not a club that stands in the way of a player, but we just don’t give them away either. There is interest in a lot of our players and I’m sure there will be some serious offers on the table.”

Washington is shooting his way up the League One top goalscorers chart, with now only five players scoring more than him in the league this season so far. Those are headlined by Coventry City striker Adam Armstrong, who is on loan from Newcastle United, scoring 16 goals. Westley will be hoping that his star striker continues his fine run of form next week when they entertain Southend United in a 6th versus 8th clash.

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