According to TEAMtalk, Peterborough United want £2.5 million for Derby County target Marcus Maddison after dismissing a derisory bid from league rivals Middlesbrough.

Maddison’s contract at Posh expires in June and he has a £2.5 million release clause.

The League One promotion chasers are seemingly only willing to sell their prized asset this coming January if clubs meet his release clause.

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Middlesbrough, however, have seemingly tried to strike a bargain with them.

TEAMtalk claim Derby’s Championship rivals Boro have offered a measly £350,000 for the attacking midfielder. Peterborough are said to have dismissed it out-of-hand.

Why Marcus Maddison could be a good fit at Derby County.

Maddison has been in excellent form this season. In 16 League One starts, he has posted nine goals and six assists while predominantly playing as a number 10.

Derby, meanwhile, have struggled for goals and creativity all season. The Rams have managed just 21 strikes in 22 Championship games to date.

On the road, Derby’s last goal came in a 2-2 draw at Barnsley at the end of October.

There was a huge void left by last season’s loan stars Mason Mount and Harry Wilson. The latter notched 18 goals from out wide, currently 12 more than striker Martyn Waghorn.

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Maddison, 26, could solve several problems for Derby. At £2.5 million, he would be well within the Rams’ budget although several Championship clubs are monitoring his situation.

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