Portsmouth centre-back Matt Clarke is set for a medical with Brighton tomorrow as he closes in on a move to the Premier League.
The 22-year-old has been linked with the Seagulls regularly this summer and Sun reporter Tom Barclay has revealed that a move is imminent, with Pompey potentially pocketing £5m for the former Ipswich man.
“Understand Matt Clarke to Brighton is a done deal, fee £3.4m rising to £5m with add-ons. Medical likely to be tomorrow, deal should be announced next week.”
The left-footer was a regular for Kenny Jackett’s side last season, impressing as they reached the play-offs although they came up short in the semi-final against Sunderland. However, they did win the Checkatrade Trophy at Wembley against the Black Cats.
Providing the medical goes as expected, Clarke will be joining up with new Brighton boss Graham Potter who watched the defender in the second leg of the play-off semi-final at Fratton Park.
However, he could find game time hard to come by with his new club, as captain Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy are the regular centre-backs.
Clarke has been a brilliant performer in League One and thoroughly deserves the chance to play at a higher level.
But, you would have doubts as to whether Brighton are the right club for him given the options that Potter has in Dunk and Duffy who have been solid over the years.
Having said that, Clarke is still young and the chance to train with better players and be involved with a Premier League club could help his development and he clearly is impressed by whatever Potter had to say.
As for Portsmouth, you can’t turn down that sort of money as a third-tier outfit and Jackett will hope to be given it to reinvest in his squad.
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