Peterborough United splash out on Gateshead striker Marcus Maddison

SIGNING FORWARDS: Peterborough United's manager Darren Ferguson

SIGNING FORWARDS: Peterborough United's manager Darren Ferguson

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PETERBOROUGH United – who have had a bid rejected for Hartlepool United striker Luke James – have signed Gateshead forward Marcus Maddison on a four-year contract.

The former Newcastle United youth player left the International Stadium for an undisclosed club record fee but officials say the “sizeable six-figure sum” is likely to rise due to various add-ons.

The Heed also have a 20 per cent sell-on clause for Maddison.

He can play on either wing, up front or in the Number 10 role, behind the front man.

Sources say the signing of Maddison is not likely to put League One Posh off wanting to add James to their squad as well before the summer transfer window closes on Monday.

The unsettled striker missed three days of training last week after handing in a second transfer request at Pools, following the 2-0 home defeat by Dagenham last Tuesday.

The 19-year-old has since returned to training with his team mates at Maiden Castle, in Durham, but his future could still lie away from Victoria Park.

– RICHARD MENNEAR