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Doncaster Rovers’ move for Peterborough United midfielder Anthony Grant hits stumbling block, according to Barry Fry

Anthony Grant: Photo: Simon Bellis/Sportimage
Anthony Grant: Photo: Simon Bellis/Sportimage
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Grant McCann is interested in signing Peterborough United midfielder Anthony Grant.

But, according to United’s director of football Barry Fry, Rovers are unwilling to meet Posh’s valuation of the player.

Transfer-listed Grant, 31, is said to have turned down the chance of joining Shrewsbury Town after being alerted to the possibility of linking up again with McCann at Doncaster.

Fry said: “Anthony turned down Shrewsbury after (former Posh boss) Grant McCann suggested he wanted to take him to Doncaster, but I don’t think the Doncaster board will agree to the fee we wanted.”

It is Peterborough’s policy to transfer list players entering the final year of their contract.

With boss Steve Evans set to favour a 4-4-2 system this season, he explained: “That’s my problem with Anthony Grant who is another top professional, but one who is better suited to being one of three midfielders. If I was going to play that way I would pick Anthony every time.”

McCann has set Rovers up in a 4-3-3 formation in their two pre-season friendlies to date.

It is currently unclear whether Grant remains on his radar or whether the asking price is too high.

McCann has so far signed attacking midfielder Ali Crawford from Hamilton Academical and added Leeds United striker Mallik Wilks on a six-month loan deal.

Liam Mandeville this week joined Morecambe on a season-long loan deal and Rovers are attempting to move on transfer listed defender Tyler Garratt.