Peterborough United Chairman Responds To £1.5 Million Transfer Rumour

Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has dismissed speculation that the club are interested in AFC Wimbledon striker Ali Al-Hamadi, as reported by the Peterborough Telegraph.

Reports had circulated on Wednesday afternoon that Peterborough had joined the race to sign the Wimbledon striker however they have now been exposed as inaccurate.

Al-Hamadi has received plenty of interest in the run up to the January transfer window, with links to a plethora of Championship and League One clubs. That interest has very much been due to the stellar season that the Iraqi international has had so far, which has seen him become one of the early favourites for League Two’s Player of the Season award.

The striker has 13 goals across all competitions as well as a further six assists and has been the focal point for a thriving Wimbledon attack. However despite Al-Hamadi’s rich vein of form, the Wombles only find themselves in seventh, and six points off of the automatic spots.

A move in January could certainly tempt the 21-year-old especially to a Championship side or a League One club with lofty ambitions.

One side who will not be in the race to sign the Iraqi however, are Peterborough United. With the most lethal attack in the league currently, the forward positions are not something that Peterborough will see as a priority to improve. Posh have scored a league-high 40 goals so far this season in just 20 games, including 14 in their last four matches.

A lot of those goals have came from different sources than just that of Jonson Clarke-Harris, who was the league’s top goalscorer last season. With the Jamaican linked with a potential move away in January , you’d expect that the club would want to find an ample replacement given his goal threat. However in recent weeks Clarke-Harris has seen a reduction in minutes due to the scintillating form of Ephron Mason-Clark, Kwame Poku and Joel Randall.

Speaking on the links with Al-Hamadi, Peterborough’s chairman Darragh MacAnthony listed them as ‘nonsense’ with the Peterborough Telegraph confirming that the club will not be signing any strikers in the January transfer window, even if they are to lose Clarke-Harris.

It could be a quiet January for Posh, with the focus more on retaining the current squad rather than signing new players. If able to keep the squad together in January, then they could mount a serious challenge for automatic promotion.

Writer’s View

As good as Al-Hamadi is, Peterborough’s current squad are producing more than enough goals and to fork out over £1.5 million on a new striker might not be the smartest move.

AFC Wimbledon fans will be worried if they are to lose their talisman in January as he has been dragging them through games single-handedly at points, but keeping hold of the 21-year-old could become very hard if the big Championship clubs begin to get their money out.

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