Peterborough United Enquired About £300K-Rated League One Star

Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has revealed that he enquired about signing Carlisle United goalkeeper Harry Lewis when the shot-stopper was still with Bradford City.

The Posh have had an excellent season so far under head coach Darren Ferguson and are now ten points clear of seventh place, meaning a finish inside the play-offs seems like by the end of the campaign. Nevertheless, Fergie’s men are still not completely out of the race for the top two, sitting seven points behind Derby County with a game in hand.

Peterborough are not a club with the biggest budget in England’s third tier but MacAnthony has done well to create a squad capable of competing with the likes of Portsmouth, Derby and Bolton Wanderers. In fact, according to Transfermarkt, Ferguson’s team have the highest market value in League One at £17.49 million.

The club’s transfer business in recent seasons has been admirable. The likes of Kwame Poku, Ephron Mason-Clark and Ronnie Edwards were signed as promising, young talents with a high ceiling who will either leave or are leaving for big transfer fees in the future.

Speaking on The Hard Truth Podcast recently, the chairman gave an insight into another player whom Peterborough United enquired about during the summer transfer window — goalkeeper Harry Lewis. MacAnthony also revealed why a deal never came to fruition with Lewis’ then-parent club Bradford City [quotes via the Peterborough Telegraph]:

“It can be tough for us to get a player. We enquired early in the summer about the Bradford City goalkeeper [Lewis] and I suspect because it was us the price went up. I bet we were quoted more than what they eventually sold him for.

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“But the reality is we always make sure the selling club are looked after in terms of future sales. We look after them with profit from sell-ons, even Premier League clubs like Newcastle United when we sold Toney.”

The 26-year-old eventually did leave Bradford during the winter window, signing for Carlisle United for an undisclosed fee, although his market value is set at £300,000, as per Transfermarkt.

Writer’s View

This would have been an incredible move for Lewis considering Peterborough United have a strong chance of earning promotion to the Championship next season through the playoffs, or perhaps even automatic promotion.

However, the English shot-stopper is now all but doomed to return to League Two as Carlisle are 16 points adrift of safety with just eight games remaining, having signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Cumbrians. If a club like Peterborough were interested in signing him, then he may be too good now for the fourth division.

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