Bolton Wanderers are considering a move for Peterborough United striker Jonson Clarke-Harris should Dion Charles depart this week, according to journalist Darren Witcoop.
Charles is subject to interest from Championship side Stoke City and manager Ian Evatt will be keen to land a League One proven replacement should the Potters tempt the 27-year-old to the bet365 Stadium.
Posh attacker Clarke-Harris has been transfer listed, despite his prolific goal return at The Weston Homes Stadium, as the Cambridgeshire side look to raise funds.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, Clarke-Harris has started all five of Peterborough’s league fixtures this season, scoring twice, including in yesterday’s 4-2 defeat at Derby County. Former club Bristol Rovers are amongst his admirers, with manager Joey Barton issuing an update on the situation yesterday;
“At this level, I don’t want to talk about other people’s players, but those types of players are really valuable to a team that wants to get out of the division. The difficulty lies in the valuation.
“Look, we’re not Manchester City or Newcastle, but we’re always looking to add quality players.
“From what I hear, Jonno wants to come back in this direction due to his family and stuff like that. If there is a possibility to bring a player of that calibre to this club, we’d definitely be working in the background to make that happen.”
Despite the geographical differences between the two clubs, Bolton may try to trump the deal as they look to continue their good start to the season. Charles has found the net on three occasions this season, but his potential departure would leave a gaping hole in the squad.
The Trotters are one of the favourites to secure promotion from the third tier this season and know the importance of a proven goalscorer, a box that Clarke-Harris ticks.
The striker does look set to depart Darren Ferguson’s team this week, with the transfer window set to close on Friday. Several League One clubs are said to be interested, and a scramble for his signature could prove an exciting watch throughout the course of the coming days.
Clarke-Harris is an excellent striker at this level and it’s perplexing as to why no Championship clubs are willing to take a gamble on the 29-year-old. That said, Bolton harbour ambitions of playing in the second tier next season, which could make a move to the Toughsheet Community Stadium an attractive one.
All this is dependent on Stoke’s interest in Dion Charles though and there are a lot of moving parts in this deal. Bristol Rovers appear to be the favourites at this stage, but this is one to watch closely.