Peterborough United director of football Barry Fry has revealed that he will advise the club’s owners not to sell Jonson Clarke-Harris this summer, amid interest from Rangers, Sheffield United, and West Bromwich Albion.
The 26-year-old fired the Posh to promotion last term – scoring 31 times in League One as Barry Ferguson’s side finished second in the table.
Reports at the start of the month indicated that Albion were leading the race for Clarke-Harris, who is thought to be worth between £5 million and £8 million, while Rangers and the Blades are also said to be keen.
Fry indicated over the weekend that his club are yet to receive an offer for their star striker but, speaking to This Is Futbol, has now warned that he will be advising Peterborough’s owners not to sell the forward in the current window.
He said: “I think whoever bids, I’ll put it to the three owners, and my recommendation will be ‘don’t sell him’, but they don’t always take notice of me! I told them not to sell Ivan, I told them I could get more money.”
The Weston Homes Stadium has been a proving ground for EFL strikers in recent years, with Clarke-Harris following in the footsteps of the likes of Ivan Toney, Jack Marriott, and Britt Assombalonga by hammering in goals for the club.
The 26-year-old only joined from Bristol Rovers last summer and still has three years left on his current deal with the Posh, meaning after their promotion to the second tier they’re in a strong negotiating position when it comes to the striker.
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This update from Fry is certainly a setback for Rangers, Albion and the rest of the clubs in pursuit of Clarke-Harris as it appears the Peterborough director of football is going to play hardball when it comes to the 26-year-old.
He says he doesn’t want to sell the striker at all, which is understandable given the club have just been promoted to the Championship and will be hoping to extend their stay at that level.
Given there’s still three years left on his current deal, the Posh are under no obligation to sell Clarke-Harris and it may be a case of making them an offer they can’t refuse.
That could be north of the fee paid for Toney last term, which is understood to rise up to £10 million with add-ons.