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Does interest in Clarke-Harris suggest Sheffield United plan on moving on some strikers?

Sheffield United believe Jonson Clarke-Harris can spearhead promotion back to the Premier League.

That’s according to Football Insider, who claim the Blades remain interested in signing the Peterborough United striker.

Rangers are also keen on Clarke-Harris as a potential replacement for Alfredo Morelos should he leave.

Yet the Blades are getting ready to steal the march on the Scottish Champions and sign the 26-year-old themselves.

Clarke-Harris has certainly been in impressive form this season, top scoring in League One with 28 goals.

This haul has helped Peterborough into a promotion push, with them currently second in the table with four games remaining.

Clarke-Harris was bought in from Bristol Rovers last summer for £1.25m to replace Ivan Toney.

Toney has made the step up to the Championship with aplomb and is that division’s top scorer with 29 strikes for Brentford.

The Blades are hoping that Clarke-Harris will do something similar at Bramall Lane.

Does Clarke-Harris interest suggest departures from Sheffield United?

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This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of interest from South Yorkshire in Clarke-Harris.

Posh director of football, Barry Fry, revealed representatives from the club were watching the forward a few weeks ago.

We wrote at the time about whether the Blades really needed Clarke-Harris. Not because he isn’t talented, but because they already have so many options upfront.

There are are currently six attackers in the first team, while academy prospects Antwoine Hackford and Iliman Ndiaye have both made their senior debuts this season.

However, perhaps interest in Clarke-Harris suggests an overhaul in attack is being planned.

After all, the current crop of strikers have hardly impressed this term. The Blades have scored just 17 goals in 32 league matches.

Who could leave?

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Oli McBurnie, Lys Mousset and Billy Sharp have all been linked with exits from the club.

CSKA Moscow were said to be interested in Mousset during the January transfer window. Meanwhile, Wolverhampton Wanderers are thought to be keen on a £15m move for McBurnie.

Having failed to truly impress since arriving at Bramall Lane in the summer of 2019, neither deal would be hugely unpopular.

It might be a slightly different story if Sharp were to leave. Both Derby County and Rotherham United have apparently shown interest in the club captain.

Yet Sharp has proven himself at Championship level in the past and with one year left on his contract, it would be a surprise to see the 35-year-old leave before then.

It’s a similar story for fellow veteran David McGoldrick, who also extended his stay until the end of the 2021/22 campaign.

Like Sharp, McGoldrick is experienced in the second tier of English football and is also a big influence off the pitch.

That leaves Rhian Brewster and Oli Burke.

Brewster has certainly struggled since a club record £23m move from Liverpool last summer, having failed to score since them.

But at 21-years-old he has plenty of time to improve and also scored 11 goals in 22 appearances for Swansea City in the Championship in 2019/20.

Burke has shown glimpses of his talent during his first year with the Blades. Also, generally considered a winger the 24-year-old could see a change of role if the new manager deviates from the 3-5-2 system.

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