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Robins release winger Roberts

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Fri, 21 Jun 2013 20:21:00

Barry Fry has confirmed that Millwall have made an enquiry about Peterborough United striker Tyrone Barnett.

Barnett signed for the Posh in a £1.1million deal but had a falling out with manager Darren Ferguson early last season and was subsequently loaned out to Ipswich Town.

Director of football Fry has revealed that he has spoken to Millwall's representatives about the possibility of a move but no formal bid has yet been lodged.

"I've spoken to Millwall manager Steve Lomas and to their chief executive Andy Ambler, but it's only gone as far as an enquiry," he told the Peterborough Telegraph.

"There hasn't been a bid yet, but they are interested."

The 35-year-old, who had one year remaining on his contract at Roots Hall, has hung up his boots due to a persistent knee injury and has been linked with a coaching role at former club Millwall.

He told the Shrimpers' website: "I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Southend United and realised a boyhood dream by playing for the club I used to watch from the North Bank.

"I enjoyed every minute of my time at Roots Hall but unfortunately due to injury I have had to end what has been a very enjoyable career. I am now looking ahead to the future and the rest of my life."

New Millwall boss Steve Lomas is currently deciding on his backroom staff and could turn to club legend Harris, who scored 138 goals in two spells at The Den.

President Aurelio de Laurentiis, speaking at a news conference to officially unveil Rafael Benitez as the Serie A club's new manager, told reporters City were not prepared to pay the £54m release clause.

"Manchester City do not have money to pay for Cavani becasue they say we won't pay that," De Laurentiis said on Friday.

"Abu Dhabi (City's owners) say they would never pay 63m euros for Cavani."

Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid are all in the hunt for the 26-year-old Uruguay international but De Laurentiis believes his departure is far from inevitable.

"With Edinson nothing has changed," he added. "Headlines I've read in the papers did not represent his words exactly.

"He could never deny the importance of a club like Real Madrid's, but don't forget that he made his name at Napoli.

"If a club like Anzhi (Makhachkala) enquire about him, maybe he says no, but other clubs like Bayern (Munich), Barcelona or Real Madrid could persuade him to leave.

"He knows that he has a contract and an obligation to us, and there is a buy-out clause.

"Cavani knows that at Napoli he is the most important player. I do not know whether, at Real Madrid or in other teams, he will be as important."

The 29-year-old joined the Robins last summer from Huddersfield and was a regular in the side last season as Kevin MacDonald's men reached the League One play-offs.

He departs the County Ground having made 44 appearances for Swindon.

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