The Lowdown: Clarke profiled
The 21-year-old was an academy graduate at Leeds United but has never been able to fully establish himself as part of the Lilywhites’ first team after making a £10m move from Elland Road in 2019.
The winger spent the second half of last season on loan at the Stadium of Light and was a revelation on Wearside, helping Alex Neil’s side to gain promotion back to the Championship after a four-year absence.
It was revealed on Friday that the Black Cats had reached an agreement with Spurs to sign the talented prospect and that he had already begun his medical, and it now looks as though the transfer is very close to being officially over the line.
The Latest: Clarke set to join Sunderland
According to Football Insider, sources have seemingly confirmed that Clarke is leaving Tottenham after ‘signing a four-year’ contract at Sunderland and ‘agreeing personal terms’ with the Wearside club.
The report states that the youngster has already ‘completed’ the first part of his medical in the northeast and will finalise the rest when he flies out to Portugal to link up with the squad as part of their pre-season training camp.
The Black Cats are believed to be ‘putting the finishing touches’ to the deal, which is set to run until 2026.
The Verdict: Failed to make an impact
Clarke, who was recently dubbed an ‘eye-catching’ player by Spurs correspondent Alasdair Gold, is now into the final 12 months of his contract in north London, and a permanent move away is the best option for both parties.
During his three-year spell at Tottenham, the forward has only made four senior appearances, spending most of his time playing for the under-21s and failing to make a serious impression on the various managers who have been and gone in the dugout since he came to the club in 2019.
It’s easy to imagine that he wouldn’t have been able to force his way into Antonio Conte’s long-term plans, and hopefully his permanent move to Sunderland will give him the big break that he has been striving towards.
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