Peterborough United chairman gives lowdown on Fulham, Sheff United target Dembele – January price tag mentioned
Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony says he is ‘glad’ that Siriki Dembele has stayed at the club, and hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a January sale.
Dembele, 25, was heavily linked with a move away from Peterborough United throughout the summer.
Late last month, reports claimed that both Fulham and Sheffield United were interested in a move for the Scot who scored 11 goals and grabbed 10 assists in League One last season.
But Dembele has remained with Posh. He is however now into the final year of his contract with the club and speaking on The Hard Truth podcast (via Peterborough Telegraph), Posh chairman MacAnthony has made some revelations about the wide-man and his future at the club:
“I’m glad we kept him to be honest. His value to us as we try and establish ourselves in the Championship is probably greater than the transfer fee we would have received, especially with the 20% of the profit his former club (Grimsby) would have been entitled to.
“Siriki’s agents were stalking me for a couple of days, including right up the end of the transfer window, asking me if I’d accept certain fees, but there was never enough money involved.”
As per Peterborough Telegraph, Posh were hoping to tie Dembele down to a new contract. But MacAnthony has now revealed that Dembele won’t be signing an extended deal and has urged the player to earn his move further up the EFL pyramid through strong performances this season.
“I was verbally turning down £2.5 million offers for Siriki before he’d scored twice in two Championship matches this season so there was never any chance I’d accept less.
“He’s not going to sign a new deal so the best thing for Siriki to do now is to get fit, make himself available for training, get in the team and show what he can do. He’s already shown it in glimpses, but before the West Brom game he wasn’t fit enough to train on the Thursday so my gaffer was never likely to pick him.”
Dembele has so far netted twice in four Championship outings for Darren Ferguson’s side this season. They sit in 20th-place of the Championship table after the opening five games of the season and look as though they could be fending off an immediate return to League One throughout this campaign.
“If he gets going and scores 8-10 goals before January maybe someone will still pay £3million for him in the next window,” MacAnthony continued. “That could happen even with just six months left on a contract.”
Whether any club will pay £3million for Dembele in January, when he’ll have six months left on his current Posh deal providing he doesn’t renew, remains to be seen.
He’s obviously a talented player and has already caught the eye of the likes of Sheffield United and Fulham in the Championship. MacAnthony is right though when he tells Dembele to write his own future by putting in the performances for Posh as they try to stabilise themselves in the second-tier – up next for them is a trip to Bramall Lane to face the Blades this weekend.