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Gary Johnson coy on Peterborough United 'big signing'

Gary Johnson
Johnson hopes to add Shrewsbury defender Kelvin Langmead to his squad

Peterborough United manager Gary Johnson is making no guarantees about the 'big money' signing director of football Barry Fry has alluded to.

Fry was quoted as saying Posh had made a "substantial bid" for a centre-forward but Johnson is not as confident about landing their target.

Johnson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "We're looking very hard. We've certainly spoken to a couple of people.

"Not everybody that you want to spend money on wants to come to League One."

By revealing that Posh have money to spend Fry runs the risk of other clubs raising their asking prices for players and Johnson hinted he would have preferred to have kept the information under wraps.

"You have to decide whether to tell everyone that you're looking for that top-money player," he said.

If the season started right now I wouldn't be panicking that we're missing something

Peterborough United boss Gary Johnson

"Or you don't say anything until you've either brought him in, or not, as the case may be.

"Sometimes it gives out a big expectancy, which is how the club want to do it, I've got no problem with that.

"But if it doesn't happen then sometimes people get disappointed."

Posh already have three proven strikers on their books in the shape of Aaron Mclean, Craig Mackail-Smith and new signing Dave Hibbert, so will not be desperate to bolster their attacking options.

"If the season started right now I wouldn't be panicking that we're missing something," Johnson added.

"The only thing I've got to make sure of is that when we do get back, people have got their heads around it.

"Some people were a bit disappointed with their situation last season and we've got to make sure they have their heads right."

The Posh boss also confirmed that he has still yet to receive an approach for Mclean and Mackail-Smith or winger George Boyd.



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