Russian giants CSKA Moscow have reportedly joined Rangers in the race for £5m-rated Peterborough United striker Jonson Clarke-Harris.
Clarke-Harris, 26, has netted an impressive 29 goals for the English League One side since his £1m summer move from Bristol Rovers and is leading their Championship promotion charge.
Despite losing Ivan Toney in the summer to Brentford – the striker also linked to Rangers and the Bees’ £10m now looking a snip amid £35m exit reports – the Posh are on track for promotion.
Much of this is down to the form of Clarke-Harris who is on explosive form at the Weston Homes Stadium and has Darren Ferguson’s side 2nd in the League One, five points clear of Sunderland in 3rd.
Rangers were linked to the player after Peterborough director of football namedropped the club as being in the stands amid questions over the striker’s future.
“Rangers have been to a lot of our matches this season and they were there on Saturday. Sheffield United were also there, but West Brom weren’t,” said Fry [Peterborough Telegraph].
“I didn’t have a conversation about Jonson with any of them though.”
According to the Daily Mail, scouts from the 13-time Russian domestic championship winners CSKA Moscow were in attendance as Peterborough drew 1-1 with Sunderland in League One in early April.
That report claims that both Posh star Clarke-Harris and Sunderland forward Charlie Wyke were the focus on CSKA’s attention.
If the striker continues to score goals – and with Peterborough’s proven track record with Toney – then should Rangers be actively interested they’ll face stiff competition this summer.
Not only that, but should Peterborough achieve Championship promotion, then talk of £5m may be cheap come the opening of the transfer window.