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Posh boss calls in a favour from the old man

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Peterborough United have confirmed the signing of Manchester United forward Nicky Ajose on a four-year deal.

The 19-year-old, who scored 12 goals last season while on loan at Bury, joins Posh for an undisclosed fee and becomes the club's second signing of the summer.

Ajose, who helped the Shakers to promotion from League Two, flew out to Portugal to complete the deal and will join up with his teammates on their pre-season training camp.

Manager Darren Ferguson said: “We feel he can make the step up to the Championship. He has a fantastic attitude.

“Speaking to my Dad, he tells me that he is the first in the building every day so that stands him in good stead. I am looking forward to working with him.”

Posh have been looking for a new goal getter to replace the recently departed Craig Mackail-Smith to Brighton, but the manager refuses to be drawn on possible comparisons.

 

"I am not going to be putting any pressure on the lad to be the replacement or anything like that, but he has that pace, he plays on the shoulder and he can also link play,” added Fergie.

“He can play wide if we went to a three up top and I believe he is very good signing for the club."

Ajose is delighted to sign up with Posh but, like the boss, doesn’t want to get involved in comparisons with a departing London Road hero.

“It has been going on a few days now so I am glad everything is now sorted,” Ajose admitted. “I now just want to give my all for the football club.

“It seems like a good club, the lads have made me feel very welcome, it is a good stadium and I can’t wait to get started. The club have enjoyed success of late and the Championship is a great league to play your football.

“I have heard and seen what Craig Mackail-Smith did for Peterborough last season, scoring the amount of goals he did was unbelievable. I wouldn’t say I was a replacement for him, I just want to come and do my bit for the team.”

“It is a massive move for me. To be playing Championship football at 19 was a big attraction. Manchester United is a great club, but I have been there for ten years, so now it is time to get into the real world.”

“Once you have had a taste of first team football as I did at Bury, you don’t want to go back to playing in the reserves. When I got offered the opportunity to come to Peterborough it was a no-brainer really.”


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