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‘I would be staying well away’ – Sunderland plot transfer deal for 27-year-old: The verdict



This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Sunderland have been linked with a sensational swoop to bring Jonson Clarke-Harris back down to League One this month, as reported by TalkSport’s Alex Crook.

The striker has managed only four goals in 19 games in the league for Peterborough so far this campaign but has previously been a free-scoring forward in League One with Posh.

With Sunderland determined to finally land a promotion back into the second tier, it looks like they could be set to add even more firepower to their arsenal with this interest in the 27-year-old. However, the fee is reported to be at least £6m and that is a lot of money for the Black Cats to stump up and pay.

If they can pull off a deal for his services though, then it could be a shrewd move by Lee Johnson. But would it be worth it? Do Sunderland need the striker? Is he worth the fee being asked? We asked some of our writers for their verdict…

Marcus Ally

Jonson Clarke-Harris has been a prolific goalscorer in League One in recent years, but he is worth nowhere near £6 million.

Sunderland have taken a slow and steady approach in recent windows investing in younger players with higher sell-on values.

Therefore, this deal would be completely out of character for them and that suggested fee would represent very poor business.

The Black Cats should learn from their overpaying for Will Grigg on transfer deadline day in 2019 and spend nowhere near that amount if they want to pursue Clarke-Harris.

Especially with Ross Stewart in the form he has been as a sole striker, this rumour makes absolutely no sense.

Speaking purely in football terms Clarke-Harris would be a good addition, but with those kinds of finances bandied around, I would be staying well away.

Chris Gallagher

This would be a very risky move.

Sunderland know more than most about overpaying in the January window in the quest to win promotion and you’d have to say they’d be making a mistake if they pay £6m for Clarke-Harris.

That’s not to say he isn’t a good striker, because he clearly is, and you could argue that he will score the goals to get them promoted this season, although, as touched upon, they know that nothing is guaranteed.

However, for such a fee you’d want a player who could also score goals in the Championship and the 27-year-old’s record is underwhelming. Plus, taking his age into account, he isn’t someone who is going to improve in the next few years as he’s probably entering his peak now.

Ultimately, Sunderland have had a short-term view with signings in the past and it’s cost them and this would follow the same path. They should look elsewhere.

Adam Jones

Last season, you would definitely be saying he was worth £6m and the rest. But this season? I’m not so sure.

Taking into account the impact Covid has had on the transfer market, there’s very little chance they would get £6m for the 27-year-old with the striker now probably at the peak of his powers now.

Nonetheless, he would be an excellent signing for the Black Cats at this stage with Nathan Broadhead out for a few months and would certainly provide the experience and goalscoring pedigree needed to fire Lee Johnson’s men to promotion.

However, I can’t help but think a move at this stage is just out of their reach considering his price tag is likely to be sizeable. At the moment, they can’t afford to be taking financial risks like that whilst they’re in League One.

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Article title: ‘I would be staying well away’ – Sunderland plot transfer deal for 27-year-old: The verdict

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