Coventry boss reveals Sunderland interest in striker as promotion rivals Portsmouth weigh-up free agent swoop

Coventry City boss Mark Robins has revealed Sunderland, Portsmouth and Fleetwood Town all enquired about striker Jonson Clarke-Harris on deadline day.

Tuesday, 5th February 2019, 11:31 am
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 4:39 pm
Jonson Clarke-Harris. Getty Images.

He said: “There was Fleetwood, there was Sunderland and there was Portsmouth early on. I have no idea what happened.

“I was told Portsmouth and Sunderland were going to make a bid so then you think what that will look like, and can we do something ourselves off the back of it. But we have had limited time to do it.”

However, with no offers on the table from the trio, the 24-year-old ended up completing a deadline day move to Bristol Rovers.

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France Football believes there have been offers from the Championship and League One for the Frenchman, with the two former Premier League clubs credited with strong interest.

Meanwhile, Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett has refused rule out dipping into the free agent market after Jack Whatmough’s knee injury – although admitted it’d be unlikely.

The Pompey defender underwent a MRI scan on Monday, where he and the club are expected to receive the results today.

“I wouldn’t rule it out because there can be one but that is generally the exception to the rule.

“I would think that we have to concentrate with the group we have and have enough players to overcome injuries."