Celtic, Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers are keen on the £15 million-rated Siriki Dembele and Peterborough United already have the attacker’s replacement ‘identified’, owner Darragh MacAnthony told Hard Truth.
Three months after selling star striker Ivan Toney to Brentford, the League One high-flyers are facing a battle to keep hold of another of their exciting fleet-footed forwards.
Dembele’s raw talent has never been in question, but there appears to be an added consistency and end-product to his game this season.
In 13 games, the former Grimsby Town starlet has nine goals and assists to his name, while a stunning hat-trick in a 5-1 thrashing of Shrewsbury would have made even Sergio Aguero blush, showcasing his slaloming footwork and a new-found ruthless streak.
TEAMtalk reports that Wolves, Derby County, QPR and a Crystal Palace side who have raided the EFL for fellow youngsters Eberechi Eze and Nathan Ferguson recently are all interested.
While Peterborough are already preparing for the departure of another star man, do not make the mistake in assuming that Dembele will be available on the cheap.
“We’ve already identified his replacement should (Dembele) leave us for £15 million or whatever,” MacAnthony explained.
“The penny dropped with Siriki last season when he realised he couldn’t be pigeon-holed as a winger. The biggest clubs don’t play with wingers and since he became more flexible he’s been top class. I was really disappointed he didn’t win the player-of-the-month prize for October.”
The Chronicle reported a week ago that Newcastle are also big fans of the winger-turned-playmaker, with Steve Bruce watching on as Peterborough were beaten 2-0 by Crewe Alexandra in mid-November.