Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has lashed out at Forest Green Rovers after receiving a bid for striker Matty Stevens, as reported by Peterborough Today.
Stevens is one of a number of players on the transfer list at London Road, but MacAnthony is in no mood to let them go cheaply whether they’re surplus to requirements or not.
He’s revealed there have been bids for Stevens, as well as Isaac Buckley-Ricketts, Callum Cooke and Mark O’Hara, but they’ve not been suitable, singling out Forest Green in particular.
“Clubs need to get real with their offers,” MacAnthony said. “Forest Green offered us £25k for Matty Stevens, a prolific goalscorer wherever he’s played on loan and that’s not nowhere near enough for us.
“We’ve also had offers for Cooke and O’Hara that have been paltry and disrespectful. We’ve had interest in Chapman, but nothing concrete.”
21-year-old Stevens has been prolific when out on loan at step six sides Kettering and Slough, but he’s struggled to make an impression at Posh. He hasn’t travelled to La Manga with the rest of the squad, whilst Isaac Buckley-Ricketts has also stayed at home, going on trial at Carlisle.
We think Darragh might want to readjust his valuation of these players. Stevens bagged for Kettering and Slough, but that doesn’t put him in the £75,000 bracket – £25k seems about right for a player struggling to prove himself in the Football League.
That said, Forest Green have cash after selling Christian Doidge, so perhaps MacAnthony feels they can afford a few more quid, given the profit they’ve made on their own striker.