Peterborough United Chairman Quashes Transfer Rumour

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony has denied speculation that full-back Joe Tomlinson is of interest to League Two outfit Bradford City, according to his official Twitter account.

It was reported by Voice of The Posh that Bradford City have shown an interest in bringing the transfer-listed defender to the University of Bradford Stadium ahead of the new League Two campaign, with the asking price likely to be around £200,000 for his signature.

However, in an interaction on Twitter, Posh chairman MacAnthony has put to bed any rumours of the Bantams being interested in Tomlinson, saying eight clubs have enquired about the 23-year-old, with none of them being Mark Hughes’ side.

When asked if the rumours were true, MacAnthony replied: “No pal, eight clubs have come in for him but none were Bradford. True story. He is part of our squad for the moment and had a fantastic pre-season.”

The 23-year-old made the move to Peterborough from National League side Eastleigh for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2021 following an impressive 2020/21 campaign as he bagged 11 goals in 41 total appearances for the Spitfires. Since signing for Posh, the full-back has only appeared 13 times in all competitions for the club.

Tomlinson spent the second half of last season on loan at Swindon Town in League Two for a second spell, with the defender scoring twice and assisting on three occasions in 17 appearances for the Robins across both stints at the County Ground.

His first spell at the club came in the second half of the 2021/22 campaign, with his performances for Swindon earning the full-back the EFL Young Player of the Month award in February 2022.

Writer’s View

Joe Tomlinson is a player who I personally rate very highly. He is a player who is solid defensively and can also get up and down the pitch well and pinch in with a couple of goals and assists.

There is certainly interest in the player from other clubs but despite the links, Bradford are not one of the eight clubs that have enquired about signing the full-back. It’s a position that I feel the Bantams need to strengthen, despite bringing in Clarke Oduor from League One side Barnsley, as well as having the steady Liam Ridehalgh on their books.

It would give them that extra option – an option they don’t currently have. I think this could be one to keep an eye on.

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