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Leeds target Matt Clarke would be a brilliant addition at Elland Road

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Leeds target Matt Clarke would be a brilliant addition at Elland Road

Leeds United are reportedly one of the teams keen on landing Portsmouth defender Matt Clarke this summer.

According to Portsmouth News, the League One colossus is attracting interest from Leeds, Stoke City, Bristol City, Hull City, Reading and Premier League outfit Brighton.

Meanwhile, the Times reported that the centre-back is valued at around £4million.

The 22-year-old’s contract at Fratton Park expires in 2020 and he’s in demand this summer from clubs above.

Clarke was a consistent performer for Portsmouth this season with 60 games in all competitions, but ultimately his team lost in the League One play-off semi-finals.


He’s a developing talent that is certainly capable of stepping up a division, while Brighton clearly feel he could move to the top of the football ladder next year.

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Whether Leeds have a realistic chance of signing him remains to be seen, but he would be an excellent signing for Marcelo Bielsa if they pull it off.

The left-footed defender even has the potential to have a similar impact to current Whites captain Liam Cooper at Elland Road.

Cooper, 27, previously stepped up from the lower divisions and he just enjoyed his best year for the Yorkshire giants.

He’s a colossus centre-back that can play out from the back and there are huge similarities between him and target Clarke.

The Portsmouth defender would add some much-needed competition in the heart of defence for Leeds and there is no reason he couldn’t emulate Cooper.

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