Noel Whelan expects Glasgow Rangers to be able to sign Jonson Clarke-Harris for a really good price if they do pursue a move for the striker.
Bargain deal for Clarke-Harris
The Gers have been linked with a move for the forward (Bristol Post), who currently plays for Peterborough in League One.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan believes the Gers would be able to secure his services for a bargain fee. He explained:
“He could thrive at Rangers next season.
“I think when you’re looking at players like him, they’ve been on the verge of moving to other clubs before now but no one’s really managed to take that plunge.
“I think the scouts will always be monitoring players in those divisions. If you’re a goalscorer, you’re a goalscorer.
“If you’re doing it at a League One club, you may very well do it at a big club like Rangers where you’re getting more service and more quality alongside.
“It could be a really good partnership and they would probably get him at a really good price given that he’s not the most well-known player.”
Not that small
While Clarke-Harris may not be playing at the highest level, it seems unlikely Rangers will be able to snatch him for that small a fee. The 26-year-old has managed 29 goals in 43 in all competitions for Posh (Transfermarkt), helping them close in on automatic promotion to the Championship. He still has three years left on his contract, as well – Peterborough are in no need to sell.
The case of Ivan Toney’s move to Brentford last term may illustrate how much Clarke-Harris could cost the Gers. Toney ended the 2019/20 term as Peterborough’s top goalscorer, which earned him a switch to the Bees. While it remains unclear as to exactly how much he cost, the fee broke the club’s previous record sale of £6m when Dwight Gayle joined Crystal Palace (Peterborough Today).
Would you like to sign Clarke-Harris?
With Clarke-Harris performing at a similar level, it is perhaps naive to think the Gers would be able to sign him for a bargain fee, even if he is only valued by Transfermarkt at £225,000.
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