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Darragh MacAnthony hints at Aston Villa offer for Jack Marriott and Marcus Maddison

Marcus Maddison of Peterborough scores his penalty during the penalty shootout in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round replay match between Peterborough United and West Bromwich Albion at ABAX...

Aston Villa are known to have scouted both Jack Marriott and Marcus Maddison in recent times.

Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony looks on during the pre season friendly match between Peterborough United and a Tottenham Hotspur XI at London Road Stadium on July 18, 2015 in...

Peterborough United co-owner Darragh MacAnthony has hinted that Aston Villa offered an £8 million double-deal for Jack Marriott and Marcus Maddison to them in January.

Villa could not afford to buy the pair at the start of the year, due to their struggles against Financial Fair Play.

However, if the claret and blues are promoted, they told Posh they would be willing to pay big for the duo.

MacAnthony has presumably rejected the potential offer, but Villa may well re-visit their interest in the attacking duo if they do make it to the Premier League.

Maddison is the top creator in League One, while Marriott leads the third division’s goalscoring charts.

Matt Crooks of Northampton Town attempts to move forward with the ball away from the challenge of Marcus Maddison of Peterborough United during the Sky Bet League One match between...

Steve Bruce’s side are currently chasing both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff City, as they battle for a top two spot in the Championship.

Villa are four points behind second placed Cardiff, but they are in strong form.

Bruce’s men smashed Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend as they strengthened their bid for promotion.

Villa are next in action later this evening, when they take on QPR.

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