The Evening Standard have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur want winger Jack Clarke to challenge for a place in the senior side next season, rather than return to Leeds United on loan.
Clarke, 18, is closing in on a move to Tottenham this summer after breaking into the senior Leeds team last term. He clocked up 25 appearances for the Whites, scoring two goals and laying on two assists.
It has caught the eye of Mauricio Pochettino, who is keen to raid Marcelo Bielsa’s side for the young Englishman. Indeed, it is believed Tottenham will pay an initial £8.5million – which will rise to around £13million.
There had been previous suggestions that Clarke would return to Elland Road for the 2019-20 campaign, given that he still very early in his career and first-team football will help.
But it appears that the north Londoners are keen to keep Clarke at Spurs, and for him to challenge for a place in the Champions League finalists this summer. A deal is yet to be concluded, but Tottenham are confident.
TBR’s view – Enormous blow for Leeds, if Tottenham keep Clarke
Losing Clarke for next season will certainly be a blow. The winger offered an enormous contribution from the bench last season, and is only likely to get better.
A move in which Spurs signed Clarke and loaned him back to Leeds would have been a deal that surely would have suited all parties involved. But the north Londoners, perhaps surprisingly, want Clarke in the first team.
No deal is complete, but losing Clarke for next season’s bid for promotion is a blow.