Peterborough United director of football Barry Fry has revealed that Coventry City are one of three League One clubs to have had bids for striker Matty Godden turned down, with the club keen to keep the 18-goal man at London Road.

It has been widely reported over the course of the summer transfer window that Portsmouth were keen to sign Matty Godden from Peterborough United this summer. However, Pompey have since moved on to bring in John Marquis from Doncaster Rovers.

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However, despite Portsmouth backing out of the chase, the Posh have gone on to receive further interest in the striker. Barry Fry has revealed that Coventry City are one of three sides from League One to make offers for Godden, with MK Dons also making an enquiry earlier this summer.

Speaking to the Peterborough Telegraph, Fry said:

“We have had numerous bids for Matt, none of which have been accepted. Coventry are one of three League One clubs to have bid for him, but the other two have come in very strongly for the player as well.

“Matt wants regular first-team football at his age. That’s what he told the manager and that’s understandable. But we don’t really want him to go. We think in Mo Eisa, Ivan Toney and Matt we have forwards who will score plenty of goals between them.

“Portsmouth were keen, but we turned their bid of £500,000 down because we wanted £750,000. MK Dons also enquired about him. but they didn’t go as far as making a bid.”

Godden enjoyed a successful first season at Peterborough United, netting 18 goals in 48 games across all competitions. He endured a difficult spell in the middle of the season, scoring just one goal from October to March, but enjoyed an upturn in form in the closing months of the season upon the departure of Steve Evans and arrival of Darren Ferguson.


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