When it comes to championships, a regular goal scorer is what is needed to get teams in a winning position; a defence keeps them there. Jack Marriott is one of those strikers and the Daily Mail say that he is a man with a price on his head.

That price – £5 million and that is what the Mail’s Laurie Whitwell says Peterborough are looking “to hold out for” when the transfer window opens and “when summer bidding starts” for the 23-year-old, 25-goal League One hotshot.

After that sort of headline-grabbing season, Peterborough would need to be realistic about holding on to a player that many neutral observers see as being able to operate at a higher level than the third tier of English football that is the Sky Bet League One.

This “significant interest” that is expected in the capture of Marriott’s signature does have definite named clubs interested in him, with Whitwell saying that Sky Bet Championship sides “Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest, and Leeds are monitoring Marriott’s situation” with the Mail journalist stating that the clubs concerned “may commit funds once the transfer window opens.”

Wary that they have a player on their hands who will attract a high level of interest, Peterborough will not want to be seen as rushing to sell. However, as Whitwell’s article states quite clearly, Posh see Marriott as better than both Dwight Gayle and Britt Assombalonga, two players who moved on from the club for around £7 million with bonuses added in.

All of the clubs mentioned in Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest have struggled in terms of consistency in front of goal. No doubt with his output this season, clubs such as that Championship trio will  see Marriott as a striker they can feed with enough ammunition for him to shoot them onward to the glory that is promotion to the Premier League.

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