West Brom are one of several teams keeping a close eye on Jonson Clarke-Harris ahead of the summer transfer window…
According to BristolLive, the Baggies have been keeping tabs on the Peterborough United talisman, but now face competition from their relegation and likely Championship rivals Sheffield United.
It’s thought that Posh value the 26-year-old forward at around £5m, and that’ll only rise if they gain promotion from League One this season – a real possibility as they occupy second place, just one point behind the division leaders.
Scottish champions Rangers and AFC Bournemouth have also been mooted with interest.
Albion chief Luke Dowling can make amends for their decisions last summer with a swoop for Clarke-Harris at the end of the season.
The Leicester-born ace was brought in as a £1.25m replacement for the goal-laden Ivan Toney, who swapped London Road for Brentford in the summer after finding the net 26 times. Even despite interest from the Baggies and other Premier League teams.
Indeed, according to Express & Star journalist Joseph Masi in July, West Brom were ‘in talks’ to sign him from United. He ultimately joined the Bees for an initial £5m and has gone onto score a whopping 28 goals in just 36 league appearances this term.
That’s something the faltering Midlands side must bitterly regret now.
To make matters worse, the striker Albion and then-manager Slaven Bilic settled on was Karlan Grant for a total of £12m – thought to be one of the Croatian’s top targets.
He’s failed to live up to expectations, having bagged just one goal in 17 games, playing only 1,095 minutes. He’s even been usurped by January loan arrival Mbaye Diagne.
Clarke-Harris has certainly filled the void left behind by Toney as he’s been in ruthless form this campaign. Last weekend, he scored his second hat-trick of the season in Peterborough’s 7-0 demolition of Accrington Stanley, taking his total to 27 for the season.
And he doesn’t just add goals, at least according to his boss Darren Ferguson, who told reporters last month: “Jonson’s goals have been valuable, but he’s more than just a goalscorer. He is a leader, a winner and a real focal point for this team.”
The 6-foot powerhouse’s physical attributes also make for interesting reading, too. Perhaps, he’s an ideal successor to Diagne.
Dowling can’t make the same mistake twice, so he can begin to right that wrong with a move for the free-scoring beast this summer. £5m is a mere snip compared to the £12m paid for Grant.