Date: 5th August 2020 at 12:43pm
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He certainly conducts his business a little bit differently with Celtic fans not falling for the charm of Barry Fry.

The ‘Poundshop Harry Redknapp’ was one comment aimed at the Peterborough Director of Football who has spend his lifetime in the lower divisions dealing in transfers with the highspot coming during the mid-nineties when he spent three years at Birmingham City.

Ivan Toney is the star asset at Peterborough with Fry trying to secure the best possible price on the striker as the clock ticks towards the end of his contract in May. Signing a pre-contract deal with Celtic in January, three months after the transfer window closes must be his nightmare scenario.

Today, in the Daily Mail Fry revealed that Celtic was Toney’s preferred option, last week he warned Celtic to stop ‘piddling about’ after rejecting an offer of £5m for last season’s top scorer in League One.

Fry’s constant mention of Celtic seems strange, with so many clubs apparently keen on Toney there must be other offers on the table.

In these unprecedented times the transfer market looks like being seriously deflated, it all boils down to supply and demand. Fry’s selling techniques are well known but negotiating through the media is unlikely to force Celtic into bidding more than they think Toney is worth.