Youngster Jack Clarke is set to sign for Tottenham Hotspur in a bumper deal with the North London side. Rumours of this move have been circulating for weeks on end without relent, and now Clarke has arrived in London to complete a medical with the transfer expected to be confirmed in the coming days.
From 22 Championship appearances, the winger scored two and assisted two, the notable first goal coming against Aston Villa in the remarkable 3-2 comeback in December. Most of Clarke’s appearances came from the bench as he provided some off-the-bench magic from the wing. The academy graduate is still rather unproven though, as after a while, particularly when taking ill on the bench during the match at Middlesbrough. There came a time when the 18 year old lost his mojo or arrogance on the pitch, but you can’t say the stadium didn’t lift when the ball came to his feet in the final third.
Phil Hay reports that the initial fee is in the region of £10 million with add-ons and a sell-on clause also included. Leeds United are also first in line should Spurs look to loan the youngster out, so a return could be possible in the near future.
up front fee is in the region of £10m. Deal includes sell-on clause and Leeds will have first option to loan him back if Spurs decide to send him out at any stage. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) June 26, 2019
Considering his unproven nature, this can be viewed as good business by Leeds, it certainly has split opinions. Leeds continue to chase loan deals for Helder Costa, Ryan Kent, Ben White and Jack Harrison, with the latter looking likely to return soon. The initial £10 million could go towards a permanent signing or two, with some reports claiming that Liverpool’s Ryan Kent will only leave Anfield on a permanent basis. Meanwhile, former Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Iturraspe, who played under Marcelo Bielsa in Spain, is out of contract and could be a possible signing with the attraction of returning to a Bielsa side. There are several fringe players that remain with the club that will be looking to move on this summer, with those extra funds possibly opening more doors in the transfer market.