According to Football Insider, Southampton have made a £5m for Championship leaders Leeds’ Jack Clarke.
The 18-year-old has garnered a lot of attention in recent weeks, after putting in some hugely impressive performances for Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
After making his debut for The Whites in October, Clarke now has two goals and two assists, and has started Leeds’ last three fixtures. Many have touted the winger for a future in the Premier League, and a bid has already come.
This is a very positive sign from The Saints, as many teams in their position could panic buy and go for someone with slightly more experience. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men sit dangerously above the relegation zone, only three points above 18th place Cardiff. In order to stave off relegation, they could have used this transfer window to buy short-term targets, but by targeting Clarke, this not only shows their confidence in staying up, but the fact that they are building for the future.
This could be one of the marquee signings of the Hasenhüttl era, who could work with the Austrian for many years to come and truly help The Saints progress from being a perennially relegation-threatened team to a one that climbs up the Premier League table.
The Saints are clearly going in the right direction with this move, and are looking up the table rather than to what is below them. Given the resurgence that the club have had since the former RB Leipzig manager took over, that is not a bad approach at all.
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