Rangers are in the hunt to sign Peterborough Unite goal machine Jonson Clarke-Harris, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The 26-year-old is the latest in a long line of prolific strikers to take their game to a new level at London Road.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Rangers sent scouts to watch Clarke-Harris in action against Accrington last Saturday.


He impressed the talent spotters with a hat-trick in the League One promotion hopefuls’ 7-0 demolition.

That took his tally of league goals for the season to a remarkable 25, a number bettered only across all four English professional divisions to Brentford’s Ivan Toney.

Ironically, Toney was the top scorer in League One while playing for Peterborough.

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He was also the subject of strong interest from Rangers before agreeing a move to Brentford last summer worth £9million including add-ons.

Clarke-Harris has emerged as a devastatingly effective heir to the Toney throne, as well as a London Road lineage that includes Dwight Gayle, Jack Marriott, Britt Assombalonga, Craig Mackail-Smith and Conor Washington.

Rangers will be aware that Peterborough have a history of securing top dollar for the prolific strikers they have had on their books in their last decade.

Clarke-Harris joined Posh from Bristol Rovers last summer for a fee of around £1.25m.

He has responded with the most prolific campaign of a career that has been spent entirely in the EFL, and mostly in League One.

In all competitions this term, Harris has netted 27 times in 40 appearances as well as provided three assists.

In other news, £6m will seal deal for Rangers 27-year-old wanted by big guns.