Old Ferret has been laying low for a while. But with the transfer window due to reopen in a few weeks time, I thought I’d have a little sniff around.
And our friends at the Daily Mirror came up with a story that could have ‘legs’ this morning, with City and Championship side Peterborough said to be keen on taking a punt on Rochdale marksman Chris Dagnall.
There are a number of reasons why this one could be a goer. Firstly, he’ll come reasonably cheap – it’s thought that he’ll be available for around the £150,000 mark with his contract due to expire in the summer.
He’s bagged himself 12 goals this season (not quite as prolific as our very own Holty but decent nonetheless) and Dagnall’s confidence will be sky high with Dale sitting pretty at the top of League Two.
His age is an important factor too, me thinks. Having been deemed surplus to requirements at hometown club Tranmere Rovers, he’s done his time in the fourth tier with the Spotland outfit and according to a few pals in the North West, the 23-year-old would jump at the chance to prove himself in League One.
And let’s face it, City could prove a more attractive proposition than their neighbours down the A47. It will take a big, big effort to keep Posh in the Championship. But the Canaries look a decent bet to be playing second tier football this time next year and there is also the prospect of playing in front of 25,000. I don’t need to tell you that London Road is a different kettle of fish altogether.
Even Paul Lambert would tell you that he probably needs one fresh face in attack. Grant Holt and Chrissy Martin are working wonders and with little Wes in behind them, all is good with the world.
But if one of Chrissy or Holty was to get injured, it would come down to Jamie Cureton or Cody McDonald to step in. And something tells me the gaffer sees Cody as an impact sub – I may be wrong.
So old Ferret thinks we should keep an eye on this one. Just remember that Lord Holt used to ply his trade at Spotland. And if Mr Dagnall turns out to be half as good, it’ll be well worth the investment.