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Grant becomes second Peterborough United signing

Anthony Grant has moved to Peterborough United. Credit: PA

Port Vale midfielder Anthony Grant has joined Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee.

The 29-year-old, who has also played for Southend United and Stevenage earlier in his career, has signed a two-and-a-half year deal.

Despite chairman Darragh MacAnthony promising a "quiet day", Grant is the second new arrival following Craig Mackail-Smith's loan move.

He is a really difficult opponent. He has been captain at Port Vale, he is a leader on and off the pitch and I think he will bring a lot to the dressing room.

He has an excellent passing range, he dictates games and he will help us moving forward.

– Grant McCann, Peterborough United manager

Mackail-Smith joins Peterborough United for a third time

Mackail-Smith is back at Peterborough United. Credit: PA

Peterborough United signed striker Craig Mackail-Smith for a third time.

The 32-year-old has re-joined Posh on loan from League Two side Luton Town for the rest of the season.

He is stuck on 99 goals for Peterborough and will be hoping to bring up his century in his latest spell at the ABAX Stadium.

Mackail-Smith has struggled to break into the Luton team this season, with manager Nathan Jones going for other options up front instead.

I am delighted to have him. I feel as if the squad need one or two older heads and he brings that.

He also has a real passion for this football club, you can't buy that. I feel like Craig has a point to prove.

– Grant McCann, Peterborough United Manager

Meanwhile, 19-year-old striker Freddie Hinds has joined Championship side Bristol City for an undisclosed fee.

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Peterborough United expecting 'quiet' deadline day

Darragh MacAnthony says Posh won't be busy. Credit: PA

Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has told fans on social media that the club are expecting a quiet deadline day tomorrow.

Posh have seen their form dip dramatically in recent weeks, conceding 11 goals in their last four games, but MacAnthony is refusing to panic.

When asked by one supporter on Twitter whether a busy 24 hours was in store, MacAnthony replied that it will be "very quiet".

MK Dons boss hails victory over Peterborough

Watch Donovan Blake's interviews with MK Dons boss Robbie Neilson and Peterborough manager Grant McCann.

Robbie Neilson hailed the victory over regional rivals Peterborough as a "strong performance".

The MK Dons boss said he was delighted by way his team played and singled out Chuks Aneke for praise.

"He's been fantastic in the time I've been here, he's had a really tough year, he's been building his fitness back up. I think you could see the spirit in the team and the regard they hold him in, and the way they went to celebrate with him after his goals. It was great for him, he's a great kid."

Peterborough manager Grant McCann was left frustrated. Saying his team 'just folded' after going behind.

Posh striker joins Mansfield Town on loan

Shaquile Coulthirst joined Posh in January 2016 for an undisclosed fee. Credit: PA

Peterborough United's Shaquile Coulthirst has joined League two side Mansfield Town on loan.

The former Tottenham Hotspurs striker joined Posh last January on a three-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee.

He's scored seven goals in 43 appearances in all competitions since making the move to the ABAX Stadium.

The 22-year-old joins Mansfield until the end of the season with the option for a permanent move in the summer.

No Peterborough FA Cup surprise at Chelsea

Chelsea & Peterborough United's players line up ahead of their FA Cup 3rd Round tie Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

League One Peterborough United couldn't produce an FA Cup shock at Premier League leaders Chelsea.

First half goals from Pedro and Michy Batshuayi gave Posh the proverbial mountain to climb at Stamford Bridge, a task which got tougher when Willian made it 3-0 after the break.

Chelsea had John Terry sent off before Tom Nichols gave Posh fans something to cheer by scoring with 20 minutes left.

But Pedro ended any hopes of a dramatic comeback by scoring his second and Chelsea's 4th.

Peterborough supporters watching the FA Cup tie with Chelsea on a big screen at the ABAX Stadium Credit: ITV Anglia

Around 6,000 Peterborough supporters watched the game in West London, while many more followed the action on a big screen at their home ground the ABAX Stadium.

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Posh fans head to Stamford Bridge

Peterborough United fans ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge Credit: ITV Anglia

Peterborough United supporters were in optimistic mood as they dreamed of an Emirates FA Cup upset at Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Posh will have around six thousand fans at Stamford Bridge plus many at their own ground, the ABAX Stadium, watching the Third Round contest on a big screen.

A fleet of coaches took a large proportion of Peterborough's travelling support to West London at mid-morning.

Coaches ready to take Posh fans to Chelsea Credit: ITV Anglia

Although Peterborough have lost both their previous FA Cup encounters against Chelsea - conceding five goals on each occasion - followers of the League One promotion chasers are determined to enjoy their day out in West London.

And many have the same hope as the club's Director of Football, Barry Fry- to hold Chelsea to a draw and earn a money-spinning replay at home.

"I've been in football for 56 years and it's the first time I'm going and wanting a draw. I've never wanted a draw. But this one, it would be lovely to get them back at our place."

– Barry Fry, Peterborough United's Director of Football

Peterborough's Barry Fry talks about his hopes for their FA Cup game at Chelsea.

Peterborough fans give their pre-match verdicts before setting off to Stamford Bridge

Ball seals Peterborough United loan switch

Dominic Ball will spend the rest of the season at Peterborough. Credit: PA

Peterborough United have completed the loan signing of Rotherham United defender Dominic Ball on a deal until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old started his career at Tottenham Hotspur and spent much of last season out on loan at Rangers.

Ball has been given permission to feature in Sunday's FA Cup tie at Chelsea

It is great to have Dominic at the club. He has good experience, he won the league last year with Glasgow Rangers in a loan spell and we are delighted to have him here.

It is an extra option for us defensively, he can play at centre back, full back or in the holding midfield role, so it is great to have that versatility.

– Grant McCann, Peterborough United Manager

Peterborough United re-sign West Ham's Samuelsen

Martin Samuelsen is back at Peterborough United. Credit: PA

Peterborough United have re-signed West Ham midfielder Martin Samuelsen on loan until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old Norwegian was a fans' favourite during his time at Posh last season and scored a memorable solo against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

He joined Championship side Blackburn on loan earlier this season but failed to make an impact at Ewood Park.

Samuelsen is eligible to face Scunthorpe United tomorrow and will also be allowed to play in the big FA Cup tie at Chelsea next Sunday.

It is great to have Martin back at the club.

He is well loved by the players and the staff and of course the supporters, I am sure he will bring a lot more quality to us and we are looking forward to working with him again.

– Grant McCann, Peterborough United Manager

Meanwhile, on loan George Moncur has returned to Barnsley and defender Ricardo Almeida Santos has moved to Barnet for an undisclosed fee.

Elsewhere, on loan MK Dons winger Ryan Colclough has been recalled by Wigan Athletic.

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