West Ham United are back in the running to sign Craig Mackail-Smith after their second offer for the player, thought to be £3 million, was accepted.The former Dagenham & Redbridge forward travelled to Leicester City on Friday for what Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony thought would be a final meeting before signing at the Walkers Stadium.
However, a deal to join the Foxes is yet to be completed, and now West Ham United are well in the race to to land the coveted hitman with manager Sam Allardyce given the opportunity to talk to the 27-year-old.
"I can tell you that the chairman Darragh MacAnthony has accepted three bids and given three clubs permission to speak to Craig and his agent, two of those clubs, West Ham and Leicester have spoken to them," Posh director of football Barry Fry told talkSport.
"We've given Craig the opportunity to speak to three clubs and as yet he's not decided to go anywhere which is very frustrating from our point of view."
Last season's Npower League One player of the year has been coveted by a number of clubs in the top two divisions, with Fry confirming Posh have turned down seven offers for the player.
"There are seven other bids that we've turned down that are very substantial, four other clubs have been on to me to say that they're selling their centre forward for so much and they want to put half of that into buying Craig, things like that," the former Birmingham boss continued.
"We were hoping that he'd be gone by now because we've got targets as well that we're trying to get in."