By Richard Parks

Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has revealed on Twitter that prospective buyers will have to pay a £4.5million-plus fee to land Jack Marriott in the summer window.

MacAnthony had a social media exchange with a Leeds fan on Tuesday over how much it would take to sign the League One club’s prize asset.

Asked if 10 times the Peterborough £450,000 purchase fee would be enough by the supporter who predicted Marriott would join Leeds, the club’s owner replied, ‘no pal, more than that’.

 

This comes after new Peterborough manager Steve Evans claimed in the wake of Peterborough’s 2-0 win against Northampton on Monday that the club rejected a bid of around £7million for Marriott in January.

The Mirror stated in January that Leeds were leading the chase to land the striker, 23, who has scored a remarkable 31 goals from 51 matches in all competitions this season.

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Football Insider verdict:

It is a measure of Marriott’s remarkable progress than the only Englishman to score more goals than him across all four divisions this season is Harry Kane, with 35, while only Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in more league goals (38) than the Peterborough man’s tally of 30. Marriott has earned plaudits from everyone with a passing interest in League One after making the climb from the fourth tier to League One look an easy one. Leeds’ interest is understandable, given that they are crying out for a prolific goalscorer after selling Chris Wood to Burnley for £18million last summer. This would be a deal that could solve the club’s goal problems instantly, given the difficulties of Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Kemar Roofe, Caleb Ekuban and Jay-Roy Grot in regularly plundering goals in the division.

In other Leeds United transfer news, the club are working on a deal to sign an English centre-back who has been the best in the league this season.

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