On fire reported Rangers target Jonson Clarke-Harris has won the EFL League One Player of the Season award and his price tag could increase this weekend.
Peterborough director of football Barry Fry claimed in March that the Gers had been scouting Clarke-Harris [Peterborough Telegraph] and a Bristol Live report credited Rangers, Sheffield United, Bournemouth and West Brom with interest in the £5m-valued striker.
It’s been a fantastic season for him in front of goal, as he’s netted 29 times in the league and 31 in all competitions.
He’s currently the division’s top goalscorer and he scooped the best player award on Thursday night ahead of George Honeyman of Hull City and Sunderland’s Charlie Wyke.
“I’m delighted, it’s a massive thing for me personally,” the 26-year-old said of his award [EFL.com]. “Even though I’ve won this award tonight, I still want promotion, that’s what I’m going for this season.”
“When I was [first] here, I was 17 or 18 and wasn’t all there, I’ve matured into the player I am today and I know what I can do. There’s a pressure when the club spends as much as they did on me (£1m), and I feel like I’ve achieved one goal and I’m close to the other.”
Peterborough missed a chance to secure promotion in midweek but know that if they avoid defeat at home to Lincoln City on Saturday afternoon, they will be playing Championship football next season.
Such an outcome may actually be bad news for the Gers and the other clubs said to be interested in Clarke-Harris, though, as Bristol Live reported last month that the striker’s price tag would rise beyond £5m if he fired the Posh to the second tier.