Barry Fry has handed Sheffield United a boost in their potential pursuit of Peterborough United striker, Jonson Clarke-Harris.
Clarke-Harris is said to be on the radar of the scouting team at Bramall Lane after a fine season. The former Rotherham man has fired in 31 goals this season. His form follows the trend of Posh strikers in recent years who have excelled at the club.
Yorkshire Live have claimed recently that United’s interest in Clarke-Harris could indeed be genuine. This, despite the Blades not having a manager in place as yet.
And after Peterborough owner Darragh McAnthony recently admitted he’s on the lookout for potential replacements for Clarke-Harris, Barry Fry has also admitted the forward may be sold.
“Without divulging, the player’s not on a fortune. At our level you don’t get a fortune and at Peterborough you don’t get a fortune,” Fry told This is Futbol.
“Throughout the last 25 years, we’ve put players in there, we’ve developed players, and the owners have put so much in. And it’s my job to sell a player to offset the losses.”
That message from Fry could well open the door for United to make their move for Clarke-Harris. He is said to be valued at around the £7m mark by the Posh.
However, any decision on new signings will likely be down to the new Blades manager. While it’s also expected that club will need to sell a few players before bringing any new faces in.
Sheffield United News View: Clarke-Harris an option but Blades have other priorities
Aside from getting a manager in the building, the Blades have other positions in the squad which need looking at first.
Fortunately, up top is one place we do have ample options. David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp will be sticking around. As will the likes of Rhian Brewster and Oli McBurnie. Oliver Burke might get another chance, while Lys Mousset faces an anxious wait over his future.
That’s six there. And that’s without bringing the likes of Daniel Jebbison and Antwoine Hackford into the equation.
So, while Clarke-Harris might be an attractive option in some people’s eyes, the fact is United need to address other areas first.