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How new Sheffield United coach could help them win race for £6.25m Jonson Clarke-Harris

Sheffield United are reportedly interested in signing Peterborough United striker Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Peterborough director of football, Barry Fry, says both Rangers and the Blades were present on Saturday as Clarke-Harris scored a hat-trick in a 7-0 win over Accrington Stanley.

Fry also added that Bournemouth tried to sign the 26-year-old during the January transfer window. But their offers were rejected.

Fry says it would cost “five times” the £1.25m the Posh paid Bristol Rovers for Clarke-Harris last August to sell him.

While we have questioned on this site the need for another forward next season, if United are genuinely interested in the former Rovers man then one of their new recruits could help.

Graham Coughlan has been hired alongside Darren Currie to manage the Under-23s until the end of the season. It’s because usual boss, Paul Heckingbottom, is currently in caretaker charge of the first team following the exit of Chris Wilder.

Coughlan could be the key to landing Clarke-Harris.

The Blades’ secret weapon in Clarke-Harris pursuit

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Coughlan was manager at the Memorial Stadium when Rovers signed Clarke-Harris in January 2019.

He’d had a relatively nomadic career until that point and a solid, but unremarkable, scoring record.

Yet Clarke-Harris netted 27 times in 52 games for the Gas before getting his move to Peterborough. Coughlan oversaw a significant amount of that.

Now he could get a chance in the Championship or Scottish Premiership after scoring 27 goals in 40 games this season.

Bristol Live previously reported there is a “strong relationship” between Coughlan and Clarke-Harris. The Irishman apparently helped the journeyman find a home in the West Country.

If the Blades are to make a move, they’d be foolish not to include Coughlan in proceedings.

Although that may depend on the 46-year-old extending his own stay in South Yorkshire beyond the summer.

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