Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has confirmed that a bid has been received from Scottish Premiership side Hearts for defender Frankie Kent.
The 27-year-old was among nine first-team players officially put on the transfer list following the conclusion of last season, and as reported by the Peterborough Telegraph, the promotion winner had been linked with a move to Edinburgh this week.
Kent did not feature as Posh drew 1-1 with his former side Colchester United on Saturday, having missed a couple of days of training through injury.
The centre-back joined Peterborough from the U’s for £500,000 in 2019, before making 170 appearances in his four seasons in the East of England.
Having played a pivotal role in Darren Ferguson’s side which achieved automatic promotion to the Championship in 2021, the Romford-born man signed a three-year extension to his deal, which expires at the end of the season.
However, the Arsenal and Colchester academy product has since found himself on the transfer list alongside the surprise name of Peterborough captain Jonson Clarke-Harris, who scored 26 times as the Cambridgeshire side reached the League One play-offs.
The 6ft 2″ defender was near ever-present in a season which ultimately ended in heartbreak, as Sheffield Wednesday progressed to the League One play-off final despite a four goal deficit from the first-leg.
It now appears that time is up at London Road for the 2019 Colchester Player of the Year, who will join Jorge Grant in swapping Peterborough for the Jam Tarts in recent years.
What’s been said?
Ferguson, who is now in his fourth managerial spell at the club, revealed the reason behind Kent’s absence this week.
“Frankie had an injection of Wednesday for a little niggle. He didn’t train Thursday.
Frankie Kent is among a number of the promotion winners from two seasons ago now available for transfer, as Ferguson looks to shape a younger and pacier squad going into next season.
If he is not part of the 51-year-old’s plans, it makes sense to try and recuperate some of the hefty fee that was paid for his services back in 2019, rather than see him depart on a free next summer, with Peterborough hoping to continue the effective player trading they have shown in recent seasons.