Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has ruled out a move away from the club Siriki Dembele, of whom he says ‘the sky is the limit’.
The striker is enjoying a great season down in League One with Posh.
He’s scored five goals and made seven assists in 19 league appearances, and has been a key player for the fifth-placed club in their push for promotion to the Championship.
Dembele actually handed in a transfer request earlier this month and at one point it looked as if he might depart.
But things have apparently been smoothed over, and MacAnthony doesn’t expect the 24-year-old to depart during the winter window.
He said in his ‘Hard Truths’ podcast.: “We have spoken to him, his family and his agent.
“We have been fair with him. He has obviously been fair with us. My mission is to get him a move and play higher.
“I think he understands that won’t happen in January because there is no money around. Like Ivan [Toney] last year we will probably wait until the summer.”
MacAnthony went on to challenge the player to become the best in League One, before sealing a move to a bigger club where he could earn £20-30,000 per week.
It has previously been reported that Newcastle manager Steve Bruce is an admirer of Dembele, with the Shields Gazette claiming he went to watch the Ivorian against Crewe Alexandre.
Dembele worth keeping an eye on
The fact he’s currently playing in League One means not everybody will be on board with a potential move for Dembele.
The attacker hasn’t actually scored in the league since October.
But Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle are both out of contract this summer, and Joelinton’s struggles have of course been well-documented -perhaps the Brazilian will be loaned out or even sold.
There may well be something of an overhaul in the summer, so Dembele’s form is worth looking out for.
One would imagine, if the club go down, a move could become much more likely.