By Alex Stevens
Leeds had a bid accepted by Peterborough for wide forward Marcus Maddison but the deal collapsed after Massimo Cellino “moved the goalposts” following three meetings.
Posh director of football Barry Fry made the revelation after the club had announced that star player Maddison was one of 11 players who have been transfer-listed.
The 23-year-old is widely regarded as Peterborough’s prize asset but he has only one year left on his contract and the club do not want to be in a position where he can leave on a free transfer in a year’s time.
Fry, the man in charge of all transfer negotiations at the ABAX Stadium, explained that Leeds were close to signing Maddison in January 2016 but the deal fell through because of the antics of joint-owner Cellino.
“I had three meetings with Leeds and thought I’d agreed a fee, then Cellino changed the goalposts and it didn’t happen,” Fry told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, as quoted by the BBC Sport website.
“Marcus was disappointed it didn’t happen, obviously, because Leeds are a huge club.”
Fry made the revelation on Friday this week as he gave some insight into League One club Peterborough’s transfer plans following their 11th-place finish.
It is the club’s policy to transfer-list not just those players whose contracts are set to immediately expire, but also those with 12 months left on their current deals.
“He’s in his last year and we’ll see what comes in, but we won’t be selling him for the sake of selling him,” Fry told the BBC.
Maddison is widely regarded as one of the outstanding attacking players in League One and has been tipped for a transfer to England’s second tier.
The Newcastle academy graduate has been prolific this season, scoring nine goals and supplying 17 assists from 41 league matches this season.
His record in League One is also extremely impressive, with his 109 league matches yielding 27 goals and 36 assists.
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