Date: 25th July 2018 at 8:27pm
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Peterborough United made a small announcement this afternoon confirming that star striker Jack Marriott had been sold to Championship side Derby County subject to the player passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.

Rumours started flying around last night when he was withdrawn a few minutes prior to Posh playing Gainsborough Trinity that a deal had been struck and that certainly was the case as Posh Chairman Darragh MacAnthony confirmed:

Not long afterward, the EFL News twitter account revealed that a deal worth £4.75 million plus add-ons had been agreed.

With MacAnthony having previously told Posh fans to not believe the figures being quoted in the media regarding the figure Posh were after for Marriott, it was widely expected that Posh would accept a figure less than that £6.5 million fee. So, the £4.75m plus add-ons looked like a sensible figure so it was rather a shock when this morning, that figure had shrunk to anywhere between £2m and £3m with add-ons taking the potential final figure up to £5m! Even Sky Sports were reporting the £3m figure (after originally quoting £2m!)!

When those figures were suddenly doing the rounds, a lot of Posh fans were rather unhappy to put it politely!

It wasn’t all doom and gloom from Posh fans though:

After enjoying a day in London with his family, MacAnthony was shocked to see the meltdown over the fee which is undisclosed and has said the figures being quoted in the media was “fake news”:

It also got his goat up with all the backlash he was receiving on Twitter especially the ones who believe Posh will only be getting £3m:

So it would appear the local rag will “confirm” that Posh will receive more than the figures quoted today without actually stating how much we will receive. MacAnthony did say the following though which suggests we may eventually find out what fee we’ll receive:

With the deal expected to be complete inside the next 24 hours, Posh fans should now be looking to the future and hoping the players brought in during the summer can do the business. Marriott will obviously be replaced as we now have just two senior strikers, one of whom is on loan, plus a 20-year-old who is trying to impress enough to remain in the first team squad and not be shipped out on loan as was planned at the end of last season.

We expect Posh to act quickly in the market to bring in the final one or two players as there are now less than 10 days until the 2018/2019 Football League season kicks off with a home game against Bristol Rovers.

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