Tottenham Hotspur are set to recall Jack Clarke from his unhappy loan spell at Leeds United, with Everton, Crystal Palace and West Ham United keen to poach the winger in a January raid, according to the Express.
Clarke is yet to taste any action in the Championship since he re-signed with his childhood side on a temporary deal, moments after completing a permanent transfer to Spurs in the summer for an alleged £10million.
Tottenham are understood to be unhappy with Clarke’s limited game time under Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds, as the teenage winger has only featured in the Carabao Cup so far this season (TransferMarkt), and has been omitted from the matchday squad for the last five second-tier encounters.
Spurs inserted a recall clause in the temporary agreement which saw the 18-year-old return to Elland Road following his breakthrough into senior football there last season, and are seriously considering activating their option.
Like Tottenham, Clarke is unhappy at his current situation, as he has been resigned heavily to minutes in Leeds’ Under 23s this term, but may be offered an escape route with three Premier League sides interested in a January move.
Crystal Palace and West Ham are said to be watching Clarke’s situation closely in case Spurs recall the winger in the New Year, as Tottenham would intend to send him back out on loan in the winter market.
Everton are also said to be keen on poaching the youngster to further their efforts under Marco Silva.
Should Tottenham issue a recall on Clarke and look to send the youngster out on loan to a Premier League side, their decision of whom would heavily hinge on the form of the clubs interested, as a move to Everton right now could see the teenager face the same fate as he is suffering at Leeds.
The Goodison Park natives spent big in the summer on Alex Iwobi, while also boasting £50million (BBC) man Richarlison, with Bernard acting as their understudy.
As for Palace, per say, Roy Hodgson has so far favoured Andros Townsend and natural central midfielder Max Meyer as his wide options alongside Wilfried Zaha (WhoScored), and poor performances by either of those would open the door far wider for Clarke to earn minutes in the top-flight.
There is still a lot of time before the January window opens, though, and Bielsa may look to introduce Clarke into his plans more often should his regular options start to show fatigue or a decline in form, with the EFL’s loan rules a leading factor in why Clarke has faced limited involvement thus far.
Championship sides are only allowed to name five loanees in one matchday squad, and Clarke has often been the unlucky man from Leeds’ six-strong contingent including Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Helder Costa.
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