Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has confirmed to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire that Marcus Maddison has been a target for Sunderland.
MacAnthony has suggested that reports of Sunderland’s interest in the former Gateshead man were accurate though, although he is not expecting a bid from them in January.
“He was on their list,” MacAnthony said. “I see Marcus Maddison, when he gets a run of games, going to a top five or six Championship teams and then going from there.”
MacAnthony also suggested that Peterborough could have signed Duncan Watmore four years ago.
Watmore has been a revelation since breaking into Sunderland’s first team this season, but Posh believe they identified his talents before the Wearsiders.
“The boy Watmore, I could have bought him for 25 grand four years ago,” he said.
“I came in with a video showing him going round about 20 players at Altricham, scoring a wonder goal, but our management at the time didn’t feel he would be involved in our team for a couple of years.
“Sunderland took a punt on him, and he’s now lighting up the Premier League. That why their scouts are out there looking around.”
Maddison has had a stop-start season for Peterborough this season, with injury harming his progress.
The 22-year-old began the campaign in blistering form, but picked up an injury back in October.
Since he has returned to fitness he has not been quite as influential, but he has still managed to score seven times in 23 matches for the League One oufit.