Latics make move for Posh pair

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Oldham Athletic manager Brian Talbot is aiming to complete a double raid on Peterborough United for Curtis Woodhouse and Mark Arber.

Former England Under-21 international Woodhouse is one of the most sought after footballers in the lower leagues with Hull City already having a £100,000 offer rejected.

The Latics are believed to have bid £200,000 for the midfielder but that has failed to tempt Posh manager Barry Fry into doing business.

While Woodhouse would cost a tidy sum by Football League standards, Arber is available on a free transfer as his contract has expired with Posh.

Fry is keen to keep the defender but, with Brentford also interested, Arber may choose pastures new with Oldham hoping to win the chase.

"Brian Talbot phoned me expressing an interest in Curtis," said Fry.

"He thinks he is the best midfield player in the division and bid double what Hull did for him but it was still not anywhere near enough for us to consider letting him go.

"He then, out of courtesy, told me that he had spoken with Arber's agent Tommy Cunningham and made an offer.

"I know Arber has had an offer from Brentford and, from the money Oldham were talking about for Woodhouse, they can probably offer him more than we can."

Meanwhile, Latics defender Will Haining has become the last member of the squad to agree a deal to stay at Boundary Park.

Haining has signed a three-year contract to keep him with the Second Division outfit until the summer of 2007.