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Fulham are interested in signing Siriki Dembele and have scouted the League One forward five times, Peterborough United’s director of football Barry Fry told Peterborough Today.

Yet it seems the Cottagers will not be making a move for the skillful 24-year-old before the transfer deadline.

Peterborough are in the midst of a gruelling promotion battle and, with so little time to bring in a replacement, Dembele will be staying put until the end of 2020/21.

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That is according to Fry, the outspoken director who has made it clear on multiple occasions that Posh are ‘not interested’ in selling their star players in the winter.

“Fulham have watched Siriki five times. (Cottagers scout) Brian (Talbot) was at the game on Saturday and he sent me a message after the game to say they wouldn’t be making an offer during the current transfer window,” Fry said after the 1-0 victory over Ipswich Town.

“That’s not to say they won’t be back in the summer when clubs’ finances are clearer.

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“There is no money about right now and certainly not enough for us to part with Siriki.

“It’s getting too late in the window now anyway. We wouldn’t have time to get a replacement.”

Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony recently suggested that it would take a fee of around £15 million to sign arguably the most technically gifted player in League One.

Dembele handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force a move away from London Road, although it seems there is an acceptance now that a big-money move will be placed on the backburner until the summer.

Wolves, Celtic, Newcastle United, Derby County and more have also been linked with the former Grimsby Town schemer.

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