Peterborough United owner Darragh MacAnthony wrote on Twitter how he is planning for life without reported Derby County and West Bromwich Albion target Marcus Maddison.

The Sun on Sunday published a report claiming Derby and West Brom are keen.

The attacking midfielder has been a standout for Peterborough this season. He has posted nine goals and five assists in 18 League One appearances.

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Maddison’s contract expires next summer. His release clause is £2.5 million. The Sun claim both Derby and West Brom could activate it this month to secure his signature early.

But MacAnthony wrote on Twitter how he hasn’t received an offer from either club yet. And the League One promotion chasers aren’t planning on losing him in January.

Derby have lacked a creative spark all season.

The Rams are among the lowest scorers in the Championship this season. On the road, Phillip Cocu’s side have managed just one goal in their last seven outings.

 

But in Chris Martin, Martyn Waghorn and Jack Marriott, the firepower is there. Derby’s problem has been a lack of creativity in behind and out wide.

Tom Lawrence has failed to provide a single assist all season. Duane Holmes, Florian Jozefzoon, Mason Bennett and Morgan Whittaker only have two between them.

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Maddison could help improve Derby’s fortunes. However, the emergence of Jason Knight and the arrival of Wayne Rooney may see the Rams turn their attentions elsewhere.

A new central defender now appears to be the club’s number one priority this month.

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