Renewed hope over Wallace future

Jed Wallace. Picture: Joe Pepler

Jed Wallace. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Richie Barker revealed Peterborough have not returned after being snubbed with a bid for Jed Wallace.

Now the Blues boss is increasingly hopeful the 19-year-old will not move before today’s January transfer deadline.

The Posh had an offer in the region of £250,000 for Wallace, who is out of contract in the summer, turned down a week ago.

Since then Darren Ferguson has signed Newport County striker Conor Washington for a fee which, including add-ons, is worth more than £500,000.

They have also yet to revive their interest in Wallace, ahead of the transfer window shutting at 11pm tonight.

And Barker is growing in confidence he will be able to retain the midfielder.

He said: ‘There has been absolutely nothing since the Peterborough conversation and I am hopeful Jed will still be here tomorrow.

‘Have they focused on Washington instead?

‘It seems that way because there has been no conversation about Jed since Washington went there.

‘Are they similar players? I don’t know, I’m not so sure.

‘Were they only looking for one or the other?

‘Well, they have paid a considerable amount of money for Washington so maybe only had the finances for one, I don’t know.

‘If anybody is buying with a view for the future, the chances are they won’t do it now.

‘Very few people will buy for the future during the January window.

‘If people are buying to make a difference – like the top four or bottom four – it will depend if they would see him as a genuine part of their plans to help them get out of the division.

‘But it can all change in a phone call.

‘Only 10 per cent of what happens here in the transfer window is in my hands, what happens with other 91 clubs is out of my hands.

‘If nothing is done this afternoon, I can’t see anything happening.

‘Things don’t get negotiated in 15 minutes. There is a lot that needs to be talked about.’

Wolves have also shown interest in Wallace, but there has been no bid.

In the meantime, Barker is not seeking to bring in any more recruits as he looks to keep his current squad intact.

He added: ‘We certainly won’t be bringing anyone in.

‘I am hoping nobody goes the other way and everything is the same. I am quite happy.

‘The squad I took to Wycombe on Tuesday night looked strong, had options on the bench, and when we have everybody back fit, there is some real competition for places.

‘Mind you, the loan window opens in a week’s time and people can easily take somebody on loan with a view to a permanent.

‘I am well aware today’s deadline isn’t the be all and end all because it is opening again in seven days’ time, which is farcical.’