TRANSFER NEWS: Paul Taylor and George Boyd have rejected Ipswich Town move, according to Posh chairman
PETERBOROUGH United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has revealed that attacking duo George Boyd and Paul Taylor have turned down moves to Ipswich Town after discussing personal terms today.
Town had a joint-bid – believed to be in the region of �1.75m – accepted for the pair, both of whom are now in the final year of their contracts at London Road.
After a 6-0 defeat at Blackpool was quickly followed up by a 2-1 extra-time defeat at League One side Carlisle United in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night, Blues boss Paul Jewell revealed that he was set to meet Boyd and Taylor for talks the following day.
The Green’Un understands the players underwent medicals after those discussions today, but it appears they have decided to turn down the move less than 48 hours before the permanent transfer window shuts.
Writing via social networking website Twitter, Posh chairman MacAnthony wrote: “Just had a phone call re Boyd and Taylor posh fans from BF (Barry Fry) to tell me that they have turned down the move to Ipswich after meeting to discuss terms today with Ipswich & have failed to agree terms.
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“This is reason people shouldn’t discuss bids been accepted etc until things are signed sealed & delivered. Transfer window is mad isn’t it.”
Two bad defeats and the fact that the bids had been made public will have done little to strengthen Ipswich’s hand in the poker game of negotiations, with the two players in no doubt as to just how much they were needed to baulk up a thin-on-the-ground squad at Portman Road.
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With reports suggesting that former Town striker Jordan Rhodes could be on the verge of an �8m move from Huddersfield to Blackburn, Ipswich could be about to receive an unexpected financial windfall after they negotiated a 10% sell-on clause as part of his sale.
Jewell is running out of time to land the signings he so badly craves though, with the transfer window for permanent deals shutting at 11pm on Friday. After that he will be forced to look at loan deals until January at the earliest.