Peterborough United eager to retain Ryan Tunnicliffe

Ryan Tunnicliffe
Tunnicliffe has made seven starts since arriving on loan over the summer

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson has said he intends to speak with his father over extending midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe's loan.

The 18-year-old Manchester United academy product is scheduled to remain with the Posh until January.

He has spent the past few days back at Old Trafford training under the watchful eye of Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Posh boss told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "Hopefully Ryan wants to stay. Ultimately it's up to him."

Tunnicliffe has made seven starts and 11 substitute appearances since arriving at London Road.

He has struggled to hold down a first team place, but Ferguson has said he is aware of his frustrations.

"I know he wants to play more games, but I always make the decisions based on what is right for the club," he said.

Should Ferguson be successful in securing Tunnicliffe until the end of the season, he is unlikely to make many further moves during the January transfer window.

Posh remain on the look-out for new additions, but Ferguson believes there is no pressing need to strengthen his squad.

"Like any side, we're trying to strengthen all over and if there are players we think can improve the side then we'll try and do something," he said.

"I'm not planning to go crazy in January as I've never felt that it's the right time to spend a lot of money."

Meanwhile, Ferguson is optimistic that defender Ryan Bennett will be fit for their away trip to Birmingham on Saturday, 19 November.

He was forced to withdraw from the England Under-21 squad after picking up a thigh strain.