West Ham United are interested in taking Tottenham Hotspur summer signing Jack Clarke on loan in January, as reported by The Express.
The 18-year-old is currently on loan at Leeds United, the club Spurs bought him from, but has not had the game time that would have been expected.
Therefore, Spurs are looking to recall the youngster and loan him out during the winter transfer window, with West Ham, Everton and Crystal Palace among those interested.
Clarke’s game time this season has been limited to 115 minutes in Leeds’ Carabao Cup campaign so far, as he has failed to get a single minute in the Championship, having only made the bench twice, as per Transfermarkt.
What is perhaps particularly concerning about this from his point of view is that Marcelo Bielsa’s side are now out of the cup competition, having lost to Stoke City on penalties.
Any club looking to take the 18-year-old on for the second half of the season will likely look at his form from last season for direction.
He started four Championship games that season, coming on as a substitute 20 times, scoring two goals and assisting two more, as per WhoScored, averaging 0.7 key passes and 1.1 dribbles per game.
It seems like Spurs would benefit much more from this deal than West Ham would, as while Clarke has shown glimpses of quality, there has been nothing to make it clearly obvious he could have an immediate impact in the Premier League.
While the EFL’s ruling that a club can only have five loan players in their matchday squad has hindered the youngster, it should be concerning that he hasn’t even managed to play a single Championship minute for Leeds.
The Hammers might be far better off giving Nathan Holland a more prominent role at the club as a reward for impressing in the U23s. Indeed, Manuel Pellegrini is understood to have have blocked a loan move for the player over the course of the summer and the two operate in similar positions, so turning to a man who can’t get in the Leeds team on a short-term loan deal seems somewhat short-sighted.
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