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£5m tag on striker’s head

Peterborough United have warned clubs interested in Aaron McLean that it will cost £5million to prise the striker away from London Road.

A host of Championship clubs, reportedly including The Blades, are interested in the striker after he bagged 33 goals to help Peterborough to promotion to League One. McLean has expressed his desire to leave Darren Ferguson’s men – but will only be allowed to if Posh chairman Barry Fry gets the price he believes McLean is worth.

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So far Fry has rejected two offers of £1m and £1.5m from Wolverhampton Wanderers for his star man, and said: “I’ve told Mick McCarthy and Jez Moxey (Wolves’ manager and chief executive) that the price is £5m – £3m straight away plus a sell-on and £2m when you get to the Premier League, because if you get Aaron, that’s where he’ll take you.

“There’s been interest from six other clubs, and we’ve had higher bids than Wolves have offered,” Fry continued.

“We understand he wants to go, but he won’t go for anything less than we’ve said. If Wolves want him, they have to pay the money.

“My chairman bought him to get us to the Championship.

“Aaron’s a prolific goalscorer and if he gets us into the Championship, he’ll be worth £7m, £8m, £9m.”

If McLean does end up at Bramall Lane then it would almost certainly signal the departure of either Luton Shelton or Danny Webber – both men have been linked with moves away from Bramall Lane, to Leeds United and Crystal Palace respectively, all season because of limited first-team opportunities.

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