Peterborough United striker Craig Mackail-Smith has been told by manager Darren Ferguson he is free to seek a new club if he wishes.
Having watched his star striker notch up his thirty-fifth goal of the season against play-off final opponents Huddersfield yesterday. Ferguson Jnr now looks resigned to losing his star man and wants to offload him quickly so he can use the money from the transfer to start adding to his newly promoted squad and get them in shape for next season in The Championship.
Interviewed after the match yesterday Ferguson said ” You would have to say the odds are stacked with him probably leaving. We would have to get the right money for him. But everyone would wish him all the best. He’s earned the chance to play at a higher level. We need other players and we have to establish ourselves in the championship now”.
With a host of clubs around watching the Scotland striker who earned his first cap in March this year. Peterborough may have a bidding war in their hands with Wigan, QPR, Norwich and Scottish cup winners Celtic all showing an interest in the Posh front man. There are also teams in The Championship being linked with the former Dagenham striker with newly relegated West Ham and Brimingham ready to swoop in on him.
But with current club Peterborough just being promoted to the Championship his preferred destination is a move to either the Premiership or north of the border. Posh have already been contacted by Celtic boss Neil Lennon. Supposedly Lennon was enquiring about the strikers availability and what the asking price was to bring the hitman’s services to Glasgow.
With the London Road club still involved in the play-offs though chairman Barry Fry opted to leave negotiations till after the final on Sunday. With Peterborough now going up Fry seems happy to let the offers come in and weigh up the best ones for the club. Norwich had a £2.5 million bid for the striker rejected earlier on in the season. An offer which left Mackail-Smith feeling very unhappy seeing as he wasn’t even asked if he would like to leave for Carrow Road.
Now with Norwich’s promotion to the Premiership manager Paul Lambert looks to re-ignite his interest in Mackail-Smith. Hoping he can score at least half as many goals in the Premiership next year for him as he did in League One last term for Posh.
But there will be a host of other clubs watching this closely and may want to get involved them selves if and when the bidding starts.