Preston have only just been linked with Jonson Clarke-Harris, but Bristol Rovers are already fighting hard to keep the striker.
Clarke-Harris, 24, has been a sensation for Rovers since joining from Coventry City in January. With nine goals in nine games, he is giving them hope of staying in League One.
The striker has always had talent, but never put it all together. A big move to Rotherham in 2014 didn’t get the best out of him, and he’s become something of a nomad.
After a year back with first club Coventry City, Clarke-Harris was on the move again in January. Bristol Rovers snapped him up, and they are reaping the rewards for taking a chance on him.
Strong, quick and technically gifted, Clarke-Harris could be a top striker if he could settle down and really make the most of his talents. Now, he’s being linked with a move away from Bristol Rovers.
The Daily Mail reported earlier this week that North End are interested in signing Clarke-Harris. Hull City and Reading are also thought to be keen, with Bristol Rovers attempting to stand firm.
The Bristol Post claim that Rovers have no intention of selling Clarke-Harris this summer, believing he’s ‘going nowhere’. Of course, that’s the standard stance to take, but Championship money may change their minds this summer.
North End’s alleged interest seems strange though. We already have Seani Maguire and Louis Moult, whilst Jayden Stockley was signed in January. Clarke-Harris’s athletic ability would be a welcome addition, but signing fourth centre forward seems unlikely.