Middlesbrough and Hull are looking to the January transfer window for reinforcements, and both clubs have identified the striker position as an area they are looking to strengthen.
One player both Middlesbrough and Hull are chasing is Bristol Rovers forward Jonson Clarke-Harris and a valuation of the player has been suggested by rival Chairman Darragh MacAnthony of Peterborough United.
When asked how much he thought the striker would be worth in today’s market on Twitter, MacAnthony replied:
“Considering age, injuries, clubs, shot at higher league prior, comfortably £1.75mill to £2 mill plus few add ons.
“Happy for him doing so well. Liked him when he was a 17 year old kid. He has grown up into excellent player.”
Considering age, Injuries, clubs, shot at higher league prior, Comfortably £1.75mill to £2 mill plus few add on's. Happy for him doing so well. Liked him when he was a 17 year old Kid. He has grown up into excellent player. https://t.co/fv2rxhpSJD
— Darragh MacAnthony (@DMAC102) December 23, 2019
Clarke-Harris was once on the books at the London Road Stadium, but failed to make a single appearance for the Posh. Since then he has gone on to play for the likes of Oldham, Rotherham and Coventry, before making the move to Bristol Rovers last January.
He has scored 19 goals in 27 games during his time at his new club, with eight in 11 so far this campaign, and it is no surprise that sides from the division above are scouting the 25-year old.
If MacAnthony’s valuation is accurate, and Clarke-Harris would be available for anywhere around the £1.75 million to £2 million, clubs such as Hull and Middlesbrough could be willing to take a gamble as early as the January window.
Boro are currently one of the lowest scoring teams in the division, whereas Hull could be looking to ease a bit of pressure on Tigers top scorer Jarrod Bowen.