Peterborough United insist Watford have yet to register any official interest in Jonson Clarke-Harris

Peterborough United are yet to receive an approach for striker Jonson Clarke-Harris from Championship side Wataford.

By Alan Swann
Monday, 4th July 2022, 7:22 am
Posh striker Jonson Clarke-Harris. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Posh striker Jonson Clarke-Harris. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

The Hornets. who were relegated from the Premier League last season were reported over the weekend to be interested inClarke-Harris – the Posh top scorer in each of the last two seasons.

But Posh director of football Barry Fry messaged the Peterborough Telegraph on Monday to say ‘Watford haven’t contacted me – YET (his capitals).’

Posh have said they are unlikely to sell any existing squad member unless ‘ridiculous’ offers are received. What that would mean for a target man who scored 33 goals for Posh in a promotion-winning season from League One in 2020-21 and 12 goals in last season’s relegation from the Championship is anyone’s guess.

Posh have slapped a £15 million valuation on highly-prized teenage defender Ronnie Edwards and a £10 million price tag on midfielder Jack Taylor this summer. Clarke-Harris cost Posh around £1 million when moving to London Road from Bristol Rovers in August 2020 and the club would expect to make at least a 100% profit on a 27 year-old if they were to sell.

If he left he would leave a gaping hole in manager Grant McCann’s squad as there is no like-for-like replacement at the club.

There were question marks over the fitness of Clarke-Harris last summer, but he is said to have impressed Posh officials with his physical condition when returning for pre-season training last month.

Clarke-Harris is in Portugal with the Posh first-team squad. Edwards also travelled on Sunday after helping England win the European Under 19 Championships in Slovakia on Friday.

Posh return to the UK on Saturday. They tackle League Two side Leyton Orient in a friendly in Portugal on Friday. Admission to the game is free.