The door might be open for Sheffield United to move for reported target, Jonson Clarke-Harris, during the summer window.
The big striker is said to be on United’s radar. Clarke-Harris scored 31 goals for Peterborough last season to help them to promotion.
But, as is the norm for the Posh, interest has soon come along. Indeed, Barry Fry has previously admitted the club would sell Clarke-Harris, if the money was right.
However, despite United and others being keen on the former Rotherham United ace, it seems the Blades could hold an advantage.
That’s because, according to the Peterborough Telegraph, Championship clubs are struggling for finances this summer. The report claims that Stoke City – one of the clubs interested in Clarke-Harris – are struggling to even find £2m.
News of the Championship being short on finance is not a major shock. But it could play into the hands of United, who have parachute payments to help Slavisa Jokanovic this summer.
Stephen Bettis has admitted the new Blades boss will be backed. Although, loan moves from Premier League teams are likely, too.
Sheffield United News View: Jonson Clarke-Harris the new Ivan Toney?
You have to applaud Peterborough for their record with strikers. Recent seasons have seen quite the conveyor belt of forwards.
Ivan Toney is the latest to flourish. He moved to Brentford and fired them to the Premier League last season. Prior to that, the likes of Britt Assombalonga, Aaron McLean, Jack Marriott, and Dwight Gayle, have all done well.
Certainly, if Clarke-Harris can follow in some of their footsteps, then he could be worth a punt for United. But if he does arrive, the Blades need to sell some strikers.
There’s little point signing Clarke-Harris if he isn’t going to play. We already have seven strikers, and that’s before the youngsters.
Anyone coming in as a forward this summer needs to be an improvement on what we have already. Whether ‘JCH’ is that, is the million dollar question.