Peterborough put off by Norwich City’s asking price for Cody

Peterborough United chairman Darragh McAnthony claims they have been trying to sign City striker Cody McDonald – but that they have been put off by the asking price.

McDonald spent last season on loan at League Two club Gillingham, where he scored 25 goals and was voted player of the year.

He has a year of his Carrow Road contract to run and has been linked with Posh before, as well as having talks with Oldham Athletic.

McAnthony claimed on his Twitter site that the Canaries were asking for more than �550,000 for McDonald.

His message read: “Have tried to buy CMD for 6 weeks. Norwich want over 550 grand. Dont think he has ever played for them. Good luck to them with that price.”


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McDonald has, of course, made 32 senior appearances for City, scoring five goals. Posh, back in the Championship, have cash to spend and a striker to find after Craig Mackail-Smith’s move to Brighton for a fee that could rise to �3.25m.

Meanwhile, Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle has confirmed they are in talks “with Premier League clubs” over a move for winger Anthony Pilkington – but did not confirm a report in the Huddersfield Daily Examiner that the Canaries had had a �2m bid accepted for the 23-year-old.

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Pilkington, back in training after suffering a broken leg and dislocated ankle in March, handed in a transfer request last week, reluctantly accepted by Huddersfield manager Lee Clark.

Chairman Hoyle said on the club’s official website: “It’s only right I tell the supporters as much as I can. I said last week we had to ensure that if ‘Pilks’ was to leave us, the terms also needed to be in the best interests of Huddersfield Town and meet all our requirements.

“Anthony has supported me in trying to get the best deal for the club, which show me how much he cares. I recognise our supporters may feel disappointed at the timing and I know emotions have been running a little high; this news coming after his injury just as he is close to a comeback, but personally don’t see things like that at all. I always believe when opportunities come in life you have to take them.

“Pilks deserves his chance to perform on the biggest stage in England. I am proud of the small role the club has played in helping him develop his talent and now making that dream possible for him. A deal isn’t sealed yet but if Pilks goes, he leaves with all my best wishes and my thanks for what he has done for the club, together with the goodwill of everyone here at the club.”

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