Bristol Live reports that Rangers scouts have watched Peterborough United striker Jonson Clarke-Harris ahead of a potential summer transfer swoop.
26-year-old Clarke-Harris, who has previously played for Oldham Athletic, Rotherham United and Bristol Rovers, amongst others, has been in outstanding form this season.
He’s netted 27 times in all competitions, scoring 25 times in EFL League One and twice in three outings in the EFL Trophy.
The top scorer in the English third tier bagged a second hat-trick of the season in a 7-0 win over Accrington Stanley at London Road at the weekend and Bristol Live reports that Rangers scouts were in attendance for the match.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, though, given his goalscoring record, the Gers aren’t the only club credited with interest.
The same report asserts that Bournemouth, West Brom and Championship-bound Sheffield United are all also tracking Clarke-Harris and it’s suggested that he is currently valued at around £5m, a fee which could increase if he fires the Posh to promotion.
Steven Gerrard currently has four strikers at his disposal in Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe, Cedric Itten and Jermain Defoe.
However, it’s quite conceivable that he will be looking for reinforcements ahead of next season, with Morelos persistently linked with a move away and veteran Defoe yet to be offered a contract extension.
Clarke-Harris, who is 6ft and under contract at Peterborough until 2024, wasn’t prolific early in his career but something appeared to click for him during his time at Bristol Rovers and he’s been in red-hot form for some time now.
At 26, he’s a good age, and although he’s set to be expensive, if El Bufalo is sold, it’s likely that significant funds will be made available by the Gers board to assist the search for a replacement.