Peterborough United have placed star midfielder Marcus Maddison on the transfer lift, as confirmed by the club’s official website.

The former Gateshead man has attracted a lot of attention over recent years, but he had appeared to commit his future to the Sky Bet League One club last summer, when he signed a new three year deal.

However, it appears that the deal was if the club were not promoted, he would be placed on the transfer list.

And that is exactly what happened. Posh finished ninth in Sky Bet League One this season, missing out on the Play-Offs after five defeats in their final six games.

Not only are Posh set to lose Marcus Maddison this summer, but top goal scorer Jack Marriott looks odds on to depart the football club, after his 27 league goals caught the eye of a number of second tier clubs.

Maddison being placed on the transfer list has alerted a number of clubs, including Leeds United and Nottingham Forest, who are both said to have a massive interest in the player.

Leeds have had bids for Marcus Maddison rejected in recent years, but now with him being placed on the transfer list, the chances of the Whites having a bid accepted are significantly higher.

Speaking about the decision to place his playmaker on the transfer list, Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony told the club’s official website: “When I sat down with Marcus last August and agreed a new contract with him, I gave him my verbal assurances that were we to fall short and not gain promotion, I would allow him to leave the club subject to an offer acceptable to the football club and place him on the transfer list.

“Marcus has been in his four years with the football club our stand out attacking midfielder and one of the best players offensively outside of the Premier League and the Championship. He has had an incredible career with the Posh and it is only right that I stick to my word and give him the best chance possible to further his ambitions of playing further up the football pyramid so with sadness today (Thursday), I can confirm he is available for transfer.”

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