Posh keen on McLean stay

Peterborough want to keep transfer-listed striker

McLean: No firm offers

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Peterborough are in no rush to offload want-away striker Aaron McLean, while defender Ryan Bennett is set to sign on Friday.

McLean has scored 68 goals since joining for £150,000 from Grays Athletic in 2006, helping fire Posh from League Two into the Championship in successive seasons.

However, the 26-year-old handed in a transfer request last month after bring dropped from the side against table-toppers Newcastle United.

But Posh's director of football Barry Fry insists it would take a very lucrative offer to prise the striker away from the Championship's bottom-of-the-table club.

He told skysports.com: "There have been a few enquiries regarding Aaron, but nobody has put any money on the table for him, so he remains a Peterborough player and continues to be on the transfer list at his request.

Not instigating

"He has got two-and-a-half-years left on his contract, so it happens then it happens, but we definitely won't be instigating any move for him because we'd rather keep hold of him.

"We turned down a £3million deal from Wolves for him last season, so we would have to be talking about figures above that for him since he scored vital goals to get us promoted last season.

"If someone comes in with a reasonable offer then we will consider Aaron's plea to leave, but I can't accept or reject offers if they don't come in for him."

Meanwhile, Fry has confirmed that Posh will break their transfer record on Friday to secure Bennett's services on a permanent basis.

The 19-year-old has made 10 appearances since moving to London Road on loan from League Two side Grimsby at the end of October.


He will now sign on full-time on Friday for a fee which will eclipse the £400,000 Posh paid to Norwich for goalkeeper Joe Lewis two years ago.

Fry told the Peterborough Evening Telegraph: "Ryan's deal goes through on Friday.

"It is a record transfer for the club and there are also sorts of add-ons in there as well - things like helping Posh into the Premier League and him going on to play for England.

"If everything in the deal were to happen it could cost us £1million."