Peterborough United director of football Barry Fry has stated the club won’t accept “peanuts” for forward Jonson Clarke-Harris in January.
The double Golden Boot winner almost left the club in the summer to join Bristol Rovers for a fee of £800,000 but the deal fell through at the final moments, and Posh will still be hoping to still get a decent amount for the striker in the January transfer window. Clarke-Harris has scored 84 goals in 171 appearances for his current side, including hitting two in their 2-2 draw against Barnsley on Friday night.
The Jamaican-born striker has scored six goals in 17 league appearances so far this season, with the club sitting third in the table and currently on a 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions. Despite his importance to the squad, Clarke-Harris is looking likely to leave in the upcoming transfer window due to his contract expiring in the summer.
Director of Football Fry has stated that the club will be waiting for the right offer before letting their star forward leave the club:
“He won’t be leaving for peanuts. His scoring record is outstanding and he’s a great bloke to have around the club even when he isn’t playing. He’s been unbelievable with the younger players.
“He got us through the FA Cup tie at Salford for instance, not just by scoring, but by encouraging everyone during the penalty shootout. If anyone missed he was the first to run over to them to pick them up.”
— Peterborough United (@theposh) December 29, 2023
Peterborough take on fourth-placed Derby County on Monday in a fixture which could possibly be the final appearance for Clarke-Harris in a Posh shirt.
There is no doubt that Jonson Clarke-Harris is one of the best goalscorers in the lower divisions of the EFL, with his record and his double Golden Boot rewards showing his eye for goal. However, with his contract expiring in the summer, it looks like the best time for Posh to cash in on the forward when the opportunity is there.
The League One side have a great record of replacing one goal-scoring striker with another, so it would be no surprise to see a replacement for the outgoing talisman hitting the back of the net regularly after arriving at London Road.