By Danny Wright

13th Mar, 2018 | 6:55am

Club owner drops major hint Aston Villa made £8m bid for 39-goal duo in January

Peterborough United owner Darragh MacAnthony has dropped a major hint that Aston Villa submitted an offer for Jack Marriott and Marcus Maddison in the January transfer window.

MacAnthony confirmed that a bid of £8million was made for the prolific duo, but would only be paid if they secured promotion to the Premier League due to Financial Fair Play.

When asked if it was Villa that had made the offer, MacAnthony used a series of emojis on his personal Twitter account to suggest that it was the West Midlands club who tabled a bid.

Marriott, 23, and Maddison, 24, have both been in lethal form this season, scoring 39 goals between them in all competitions.

Former Luton forward Marriott has made 47 appearances, scored 27 goals and supplied five assists while versatile attacking midfielder Maddison has made 46 appearances, scored 12 goals and supplied 21 assists.

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This was an odd approach made by Aston Villa, but it just shows how much Financial Fair Play has crippled them ever since Steve Bruce took charge. That goes to show just how well of a job he has done at Villa Park to get the club among the serious contenders for promotion as well as hammering Wolves 4-1 at the weekend. Marriott and Maddison are good players but it would have been a risk to sign them with the view to playing in the Premier League. They need to prove themselves in the Championship first so it would not be a surprise to see them on the move this summer.

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