Aston Villa have been handed a transfer boost, with target Marcus Maddison set to leave Peterborough this window.

The Mirror are reporting that Peterborough are set to let the striker go, after the Posh failed to gain promotion to the Championship.

Peterborough owner Darragh McAnthony gave the striker a promise that if the club did not go up this season, he would be put on the transfer list.

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MacAnthony said:

“When I sat down with Marcus last August and agreed a new contract with him, I gave him my verbal assurances that were we to fall short and not gain promotion, I would allow him to leave the club subject to an offer acceptable to the football club and place him on the transfer list.

“Marcus has been in his four years with the football club our stand out attacking midfielder and one of the best players offensively outside of the Premier League and the Championship. He has had an incredible career with the Posh and it is only right that I stick to my word and give him the best chance possible to further his ambitions of playing further up the football pyramid so with sadness today (Thursday), I can confirm he is available for transfer.”

Maddison has netted twelve times for the Posh this season, as Peterborough finished ninth in League One.