BOTH clubs have offered conflicting accounts of what happened – but the fact is that Sam Baldock will not be leaving Dons to join Peterborough United.
Dons ‘reluctantly accepted’ a third Posh bid for striker Baldock on Wednesday morning – thought to be around £1.2 million – but turned down a second offer for Stephen Gleeson in excess of £500,000.
Posh manager Darren Ferguson flew in from Spain to hold face-to-face talks with Baldock who made his way to Peterborough, but by that evening the deal was called off.
If talks had been successful then Baldock would have had a medical at London Road next Tuesday ahead of completing what would have been a record for both clubs, in terms of fees paid out and received for a player.
But neither side seems able to agree on exactly why the plug was so sensationally pulled on a transfer saga that had been rumbling on for more than a month.
Peterborough have claimed their offer was withdrawn, with Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony declaring on Twitter: “What a call I had from the gaffer just now. He doesn’t want Baldock after meeting him today and it’s nothing to do with terms. Fair enough, we move on.
“The gaffer’s words to me were ‘chairman, I don’t want us to spend that money on this lad.’
“I’m gutted but I trust the manager’s gut on things. The lad didn’t even want to go to have a look at the training ground with the manager. That’s football though. No bitterness, and we wish him and MK all the best.”
However, Dons have released a statement offering a different version of events, saying that Baldock turned down the chance to join Posh.
It said: “Sam Baldock has rejected the opportunity to join Championship outfit Peterborough United following talks at London Road this evening.
“Earlier today the Dons reluctantly accepted a club record bid for the 22-year-old striker, however, we are delighted to confirm Sam has pledged his future to MK Dons and manager Karl Robinson’s ambitious push for promotion from League 1 in the upcoming season.”
The man himself is due to give an interview later today (Thursday).