Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has provided an update on reported Rangers target Siriki Dembele [Football League World].
Back in December, Posh director of football Barry Fry claimed that the Gers were one of several clubs to have scouted the 24-year-old [Peterborough Telegraph].
He went on to finish the season with very strong numbers, scoring 12 goals and notching 12 assists, helping his side gain promotion to the Championship.
‘Club policy’ at Peterborough dictates that when players enter the final year of their contracts, as Dembele has, they are sold on to avoid losing them for free down the line.
However, while Ferguson hinted that the versatile forward is on the club’s transfer list, he says no tempting bids have landed as yet.
“I can’t see us selling anyone before the season starts,” he said [Football League World]. “Championship clubs have been very quiet in general and we have had no offers for Siriki, not ones that will turn our heads at least.”
“Siriki is therefore very much part of my plans. If he trains well he will be in contention to play and he has trained very well so far.
“All the players on the transfer list will be considered for selection while they are still here.”
It’s surprising that there hasn’t been more activity around Dembele, given his contract situation and impressive returns last season.
He’s capable of playing out wide or up front, making him an exciting potential addition to Steven Gerrard’s squad, but perhaps the manager feels he already has enough options in the final third.
If Peterborough are unlikely to sell anyone before their second-tier campaign begins, that suggests that fellow reported Ibrox target Jonson Clarke-Harris won’t be heading to Glasgow either.
The 26-year-old won the EFL League One Player of the Season award for 2020/21 after netting 31 goals, but it looks as though Gerrard is content with Morelos, Roofe, Itten, Defoe and Sakala as his striking options.