Peterborough’s Fry ups his valuation for Mackail-Smith

Peterborough United, the club accused by Norwich City of moving the goalposts over Craig Mackail-Smith, appear to have had another change of mind over the striker's value.

Posh's director of football, Barry Fry, says even �5m won't be enough to prompt him to allow the 27-year-old to leave London Road.

The claim comes just days after City ended their interest in the player after negotiations broke down after chief executive David McNally said the League One club had upped the price.

Fry has now urged Mackail-Smith to help Posh back into the Championship.

'Norwich had their one-off opportunity to sign Craig and it didn't happen,' he said. 'I met with Norwich officials for the last time on Thursday after which they put their statement out.

'But if they could offer me �5 million today and I'd reject it. Me, the chairman and the manager have agreed that there will be no disruption to our squad as we try and get back into the Championship.

'I want Craig to become a Posh hero by scoring the goals that take us up. He will never sign another contract with us, but he is a certainty to get a great move in the summer. No word of a lie, I have had 22 clubs interested in him. I have deals lined up for the summer that he will love.

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'No Posh fan would begrudge him leaving then because of what he has achieved for this club and because of the style in which he has done it.'