Sheffield United are reportedly interested in a deal to sign Peterborough United forward Jonson Clarke-Harris, according to the Daily Record.
What’s the story?
Clarke-Harris has been with Peterborough United since 2020, having signed for the club from Bristol Rovers, after catching the eye with some strong performances for the Pirates.
He’s gone from strength to strength with Posh, with the 27-year-old chipping in with 33 goals and three assists for Darren Ferguson’s side, as they won promotion into the Championship last term, as they were crowned champions of League One.
It appears as though Clarke-Harris’ strong showings haven’t gone unnoticed though, with Sheffield United reportedly rivalling West Brom, Rangers and Russian side CSKA Moscow to a potential deal for the striker, according to the Daily Record.
Would Clarke-Harris be a good signing?
Do the Blades need another striker this summer?
Sheffield United will be preparing for life back in the Championship, after they were relegated from the Premier League last term, after a disappointing campaign.
The Blades finished bottom of the top-flight standings, and will be eager to win promotion back into the Premier League at the first time of asking this term, whilst under the management of Slavisa Jokanovic.
You can somewhat understand why Clarke-Harris has emerged on their transfer radar this summer, as he’s shown that he can score goals consistently in the EFL, even if that is to be in the lower leagues of English football.
Speaking in a previous interview with Peterborough Today, the club’s manager Darren Ferguson labelled Clarke-Harris as an ‘outstanding signing’, as well as a ‘leader’ and a ‘winner’.
“Jonson’s goals have been valuable, but he’s more than just a goalscorer. He is a leader, a winner and a real focal point for this team.
“He was our number one target when Ivan Toney left and we had to work hard on his fitness when he first got here, but he’s been an outstanding signing and a real pleasure to work with.”
But some should rightly question whether Sheffield United even need to sign another forward, as Jokanovic already has some strong options available to him heading towards the 2021/22 campaign.
The likes of Billy Sharp, Oli McBurnie and David McGoldrick have all shown that they can perform to a high standard in the Championship, having played their part for the club over the years at Bramall Lane.
With Lys Mousset also on the books with the Blades, it seems hard to believe that Clarke-Harris would be getting the regular game time that he’s looking to find in the future.
Whereas a move to either Rangers or West Brom are more likely, with both teams not having as much depth in attacking areas of their squads at this moment in time.
It would be somewhat of a bizarre and disastrous move for Clarke-Harris if he was to sign for Slavisa Jokanovic’s side this summer, as they go in search of a swift return to the Premier League, as he simply wouldn’t be getting the game.
This could be the 52-year-old’s first major blunder of his Bramall Lane career.