Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has dropped an update on the future of in-form ‘top-end Championship talent’ Siriki Dembele, who’s been linked with Rangers.
Back in December 2020, Peterborough’s sporting director Barry Fry claimed that the Gers and Celtic had watched Dembele on several occasions [Peterborough Telegraph] and speculation has continued on and off since then.
The pacy and versatile attacker is in the final year of his contract and several English clubs are also said to be interested in him, but the Peterborough Telegraph claimed during the summer that the player would prefer a move to Scotland.
His brother Karamoko is already at Parkhead which could give the Hoops a big advantage, but Rangers continue to be linked [Daily Record].
It took Dembele a while to build up to full fitness after his representatives failed in their attempt to push through a move away from the Weston Homes Stadium in the summer, but he has scored the winning goal in each of Posh’s last two Championship matches.
Now, MacAnthony has provided an update on his situation.
“Siriki is a top-end Championship talent,” he said [The Hard Truth Podcast]. “He’s not in the shop window.”
“We’re not actively looking to sell him in January so any clubs who think it’s ‘bargain city’ as he only has six months left on his contract can think again. It wouldn’t be worth it to a club of our size with our owners.
“Josh King had six months left on his contract last January and he went for £10 million (Bournemouth to Everton). Now, if a club offered us a premium price of say £7 million with add ons we would have a decision to make, but if he did go we have plans B and C in place to cope.”
Update provided on Rangers-linked Dembele
There’s no way Rangers or any other club are going to pay £7m for Dembele during the January transfer window.
MacAnthony cites the Josh King example, but King was already an established senior international with a decent Premier League goalscoring record.
Dembele has never played international football and is only getting his first taste of the English second-tier this season.
If he isn’t going to be sold in the winter window and a new deal isn’t on the cards, then the door looks ajar for pre-contract offers from the Old Firm clubs.
At 25, Dembele is a good age and the combination of pace and finishing ability he’s shown in recent weeks suggests he would be a good addition to the current squad at Ibrox.