Tottenham Hotspur will reportedly submit a bid in the region of £20m for Leeds United midfielder Jack Clarke – but would he be worth such a fee?
The Independent report that Leeds have had plenty of interest in the youngster but are yet to receive any formal bids for his services.
Clarke only made his professional debut in October of 2018 and did not make a Championship start until January of this year, so clearly does not have much experience under his belt as of yet.
However, whenever given game time by Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa the 18-year-old has impressed with his fearlessness and willingness to take on defenders, a quality that is always desired in an attacking player.
The youngster can play on either flank and can be described as a ‘traditional’ winger, using his pace and trickery to put balls into the box and create opportunities for his team-mates.
His wiry frame also gives him the ability to drop the shoulder quickly, therefore drawing fouls and winning free-kicks in promising positions.
For a player of such little experience, a £20m would usually seem an extremely steep outlay.
However, Clarke is widely regarded as one of England’s brightest young talents, which of course automatically adds an extra lump onto the price tag, and it will be no time until he features for the Three Lions at youth level.
Signing Clarke would be a real show of intent from Spurs with many of the Premier League’s top clubs reported to be tracking him, and would allow Mauricio Pochettino to develop him how he sees best.
He could even be loaned back out to the Championship or a lower level top-flight club next season, with it being unlikely that he would challenge the likes of Lucas Moura and Dele Alli for a first-team spot.
Overall, Clarke would be a good addition at £20m as he is likely to be worth alot more in a few years time if he continues his current rate of progression.