Peterborough United’s Director of Football Barry Fry has insisted that the newly-promoted side have yet to receive a single offer for the in-demand Jonson Clarke-Harris this summer.
Clarke-Harris has emerged as one of the most in-demand forwards in the country this summer with the 26-year-old having enjoyed a prolific campaign in League One last season. He fired in 31 league goals to help get Peterborough promoted back to the Championship.
Football League World believes that Clarke-Harris has been a target of both Swansea City and Cardiff City. While recent reports from Bristol Live have suggested that it is West Brom who lead the race for his signature and that it would cost around £5 million to £8 million to get him.
Speaking to the Transfer Tavern, Fry has insisted that Peterborough have not received a bid for Clarke-Harris this summer, but he revealed that they have had around eight enquiries for his services. He went on to also insist he would not be sold on the cheap.
He said: “We’ve had no offers, we’ve had eight enquiries from eight different clubs, saying ‘what would it take’, and I just said ‘make us an offer and I’ll reject it.’
“But that will start the ball rolling. And then we’ll have to sit down. It’s taken us eight years to get back into the Championship, we’re not going to let anybody go cheap.”
It seems that securing the services of Clarke-Harris from Peterborough this summer is going to be far from easy for any of his potential suitors. These comments outline that while the newly-promoted side might be willing to cash in on him they will only do so if someone makes them an offer that they can not refuse. In this financial climate that might be tough for those teams to do.
Rangers and West Brom have appeared to be the two sides most keen on Clarke-Harris and they are also the most likely to be able to afford near to the sort of fee that it would take to sign him. However, as of yet, it seems that neither club have been willing to come in with an offer to tempt Peterborough into selling Clarke-Harris.
This might therefore be a transfer saga that continues right the way through until the end of the transfer window. It could be that a side that are in the hunt waits to see how their season starts before deciding whether or not they need the extra firepower that he would provide.