tommy roweLeeds can’t afford Peterborough United winger and captain, Tommy Rowe, according to their Director of Football Barry Fry.

Fry, no stranger to courting the attention of press with headline-making comments, admitted Brian McDermott has enquired about Tommy Rowe’s availability but said the club simply can’t afford him.

During his time as manager and chairman of Peterborough United (roles he filled concurrently), Fry was the subject of a revealing documentary in which his outspoken and erratic management style was revealed to wide audiences.

Considered to be one of the games last remaining characters, Fry never misses an opportunity to make headlines. However, his seemingly madcap antics usually serve a practical purpose. In this instance, I suspect Fry is simply using Leeds United’s interest to increase Rowe’s stock, hoping to draw attention towards the players availability to instigate a bidding war.

Rowe rejected a 3-year contract extension at Peterborough United following their relegation from the Championship last season and is believed to favour a move to Elland Road.

The 24-year old has made 156 appearances for the Posh, most of which were in the Championship, scoring 18 times. Rowe has also won promotion twice, both times via the play-offs at Stockport County in 2008 and Peterborough United in 2011.