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Peterborough boss Ferguson sure Mackail-Smith will stay

Craig Mackail-Smith
Mackail-Smith saw strike partner Aaron Mclean join Hull in December

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson has said he would be surprised if Craig Mackail-Smith were to leave the club before the end of January.

Reports have linked the 26-year-old striker to a move to Southampton.

But Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "I don't know where all this speculation is coming from, but it's not going to happen.

"Someone will have to make a really, really good bid for us to show any sort of interest."

Posh's top scorer has struck 17 times in 31 games this season, taking his total tally to 81 goals in 184 games.

Another key player, goalkeeper Joe Lewis, is actively looking for a move after handing in a transfer request.

But Ferguson insists both Lewis and Mackail-Smith would only leave if the price is right for Posh.

"I suppose you never know, but Craig is concentrating on the job at hand and is doing a very good job for us," he said.

"If someone comes in with a bid which matches our valuation for Craig or any other player for that matter then we'll do what's best for the football club.

"We've had speculation about Joe Lewis, Craig and George Boyd and it won't be going away because they've all been doing well."

On Tuesday Mackail-Smith said he was not angling for a move away from London Road.

"If the club decided the bid's right I'll decide what to do then," he explained.

"But I am a Peterborough player and I'll concentrate on scoring goals for the club.

"Unless there's something solid and the club come and tell me something's happening then I'll start listening.

"But until then it's just a case of concentrating on my football.

"I want to be playing at the highest level and obviously I've got to keep working hard at Peterborough."

Meanwhile Jonathan Obika, Kieran Agard and Adam Clayton have had their loan spells ended by the club and have returned to Tottenham, Everton and Leeds respectively.

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