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Bristol Rovers are hoping to tie down striker Jonson Clarke-Harris to a new contract at the Memorial Stadium with Middlesbrough emerging as the latest side to show an interest in the frontman, according to Bristol Live.
Clarke-Harris has been a revelation in the south-west since joining the League One outfit from Coventry City in January, as he has netted an impressive 19 goals in 29 games in a run which has extended into the new campaign.
The 25-year-old has now bagged seven goals already this season which has further alerted Championship sides to his quality, but it now appears Rovers are confident of agreeing a new deal with the striker.
They are reportedly preparing to sit down with the striker’s representatives later this week to negotiate a deal which would see Clarke-Harris become Rovers’ highest-paid player following the impact he has had at the club.
The striker should look to take full advantage of this opportunity as his value to the club has significantly rocketed since he first joined back in January, and he is now deserving of a much higher wage to reflect his importance.
Clarke-Harris had endured an indifferent start to his career prior to the Rovers move as he had never managed to break into double goal figures during any previous campaign, but he managed to achieve this during the six months he spent at Rovers last term.
This suggests the Coventry youth product clearly feels settled at the Memorial Stadium, and it only seems appropriate that he now signs a new deal with the club to thank them for the faith they showed to sign him on a permanent deal.
However, Clarke-Harris will certainly be aware of interest from other clubs as he also surely be considering that he made need to take advantage of his stock being high by pushing for a move to the Championship.
Middlesbrough and reportedly showing an interest in the striker currently after Hull were also linked during September, but this should not prevent Clarke-Harris from signing a new deal at the Memorial Stadium at this stage.
There will always be an opportunity for him to seal his Championship move in the summer if he continues at the same goalscoring rate, and signing a new deal would ensure Rovers receive a significant fee for his services if the reported interest does materialise.
Until then, Clarke-Harris should commit himself to Rovers and continue along the same goalscoring trail, as his recent run of form is put Rovers firmly in contention for promotion and he may even be able to reach the second tier with his current side.