Peterborough United owner Darragh MacAnthony has confirmed the club has given playmaker Marcus Maddison permission to talk to a second Championship club.
In another show of admirable transparency, the Posh owner tweeted that he had allowed Maddison to speak to two Championship clubs, and it was now up to the player and the clubs involved to agree on personal terms.
One club known to be talking to Maddison is Charlton, and MacAnthony was answering a question from a fan over reports negotiations between the former Gatehead man and the Addicks had stalled.
Reece we have given him permission to speak to 2 championship clubs. It's up to them and player to agree terms or not. Thanks pal. https://t.co/h3BS32qhMp
— Darragh MacAnthony (@DMAC102) January 16, 2020
The tweet comes after London News Online confirmed this morning that Charlton Athletic had put talks on ice after failing to reach an agreement with the sought-after forward over the last couple of days, but may revisit the deal later in the window.
Claims that the deal had it a stumbling block yesterday were dismissed by many as unfounded twitter rumours sparked by a fake account, but after MacAntoney’s tweet and the London News report it now appears once again there is some substance that the Addicks can’t agree on personal terms with the left-sided attacker.
The other club involved has not been named but rumours Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham are interested in the forward have been rife on social media in recent days.
In an age of ‘fake news,’ MacAnthony’s approach to fan engagement and communication is something many other club owners could learn a lesson.
One thing is clear, Maddison’s future is still up for grabs and any club willing to meet his £2.5 million release clause could still be in with a chance of landing the ten-goal forward.