Leeds United are not pursuing their interest in Marcus Maddison, according to Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony.
The Peterborough attacking midfielder had been a long term target for the Whites when Massimo Cellino owned the club, but it now seems that under Andrea Radrizzani’s control, the interest has disappeared.
Posh’s director of football Barry Fry confirmed in May that Marcus Maddison had been close to completing the switch to Leeds United in January 2016, and that the Newcastle born star had been left “gutted” not to seal the deal.
Maddison was the standout player for Peterborough United, in what was a poor season for the club, picking up 17 assists to go alongside his nine goals.
And although Barry Fry has confirmed that a number of Sky Bet championship clubs are interested in signing the 23 year old, it seems that Leeds United are not one of them.
Peterborough’s chairman Darragh MacAnthony took to Twitter yesterday to answer a question about the Whites’ pursuit of Marcus Maddison.
Here is what he had to say:
No buddy, I doubt new owner even knows who he is 😳.. plus they don't have a manager yet etc. https://t.co/fzpqIkho4D
— Darragh MacAnthony (@DMAC102) June 13, 2017
The question Macanthony was asked was: “Leeds still interested in Maddison mate?”
Of course, Leeds United have now appointed a manager, but whether or not the former APOEL boss will have any interest in Maddison remains to be seen.
Marcus Maddison joined Peterborough United in 2014, making the move from Gateshead for a fee of £200,000.
He came through the youth system at Newcastle United, but failed to make the cut, before moving north of the border to join St Johnstone.