Peterborough United are looking to avoid committing “footballing suicide” by selling reported Rangers and West Brom target Jonson Clarke-Harris this month, director Barry Fry has told the Peterborough Telegraph.
Last week, Fry said he’d heard “nothing” from Rangers regarding Clarke-Harris since the end of last season.
That could soon change, however.
That harrowing Champions League exit at the hands of Malmo raised some serious questions about the future of Alfredo Morelos on the blue half of Glasgow.
And should Morelos depart, spirited away by the prospect of elite-level European football at Porto, for example, the explosive Clarke-Harris may be Rangers’ first port of call.
In March, Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony confirmed scouts operating on behalf of the Scottish Premiership champions had been in regular attendance at London Road, with 33-goal Clarke-Harris the object of their attentions.
The poacher has also been linked with West Bromwich Albion.
And, at the risk of striking fear into the heart of Peterborough fans, Baggies boss Valerien Ismael has made a number nine his priority during the final two weeks of the transfer window with Liam Delap, Mateo Cassierra and former Barnsley star Daryl Dike in high demand.
Rangers and West Brom eye Peterborough star Jonson Clarke-Harris
“The last week of a transfer window is always the most dangerous time,” explains Fry.
“Clubs will probably start panicking if the season hasn’t started well and they will be looking to strengthen.
“If we sell Siriki (Dembele), it would be footballing suicide as we would have no time to get a replacement in. It would be the same if we sold Jonson Clarke-Harris.”
The skilful Dembele has just one year left on his contract and, according to reports, could be sold for a bid in the region of £4 million.
“Fulham have been interested in Siriki for a while – but I’ve had no contact from them recently,” Fry said in July.