Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Race against Time to Sign Tomlin for Boro Clash

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Race against Time to Sign Tomlin for Boro Clash

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Byline: ANTHONY VICKERS anthony.vickers@reachplc.com @Untypicalboro

PETERBOROUGH are in a race against the clock to sign Lee Tomlin on loan in time for tomorrow's FA Cup clash against Boro.

The former Boro schemer has been training with his old club for almost a month in a bid to get fully fit.

And League One Posh have agreed in principle to sign the playmaker, 29, on loan from Cardiff.

But the Premier League side have been dragging their heels on the paperwork and Tomlin will need to be registered as a Peterborough player before noon today to be eligible for the third round Riverside clash.

According to Posh director of football Barry Fry, the situation has become 'political' on Cardiff's part as the Welsh club are involved in a contractual wrangle with Tomlin as they seek to offload him.

"Lee only wants to play for Posh," Fry told the Peterborough News. "He wants to enjoy his football again.

"It's not about money which is true as we won't be paying anywhere near what he is getting at Cardiff.

"He's trained well for us. He is getting fitter and he wants to be loved again. He's having some personal issues and he wants to get away from Cardiff and start afresh.

"I am waiting for a call from Cardiff to get this deal done and I hope it happens for our sake and for Lee's sake. He would be broken-hearted if it didn't happen.

"What a player he would be for us if he's anywhere near his best, but we are also trying to get other players in, preferably ones who aren't cup-tied.

"There could be three here by the weekend and all would be ready to play at Middlesbrough if required."

Cardiff want to unload the former Boro fans' favourite. Neil Warnock doesn't believe he is fit enough or physical enough to play for the Bluebirds.

He was out on loan at Nottingham Peterborough's Forest for the second half of last season but Aitor Karanka declined the chance to sign him permanently in the summer and Tomlin has not played a competitive game this term. …

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