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Leeds United and Stoke plotting transfer bid for star as summer window edges nearer



Championship sides Leeds and Stoke are both considering moves for Portsmouth defender Matt Clarke, with the club placing a £4 million price tag on his head, it has been reported in the Times.

Clarke has started every game of Pompey’s League One promotion campaign this season, and played the full 120 minutes of his side’s Checkatrade Final with Sunderland on Sunday, though he was not one of those called upon to take a penalty in Pompey’s shootout victory.

According to The Times, Clarke’s performances this season have put him on the radar of Championship sides Leeds and Stoke, with Portsmouth valuing the centre back at around £4million. Speaking about the speculation surrounding his future in the build up to his Wembley debut, Clarke said: “I’ve become accustomed to the transfer rumours in the past four windows.

“I guess it means I must be doing something right.”

Despite the £4million price tag, The Times claim that club insiders feel it is likely Clarke will be a Championship player next season, regardless of whether or not Portsmouth’s own promotion campaign is successful.

The verdict

Clarke has shown this season that he would be capable of the step up to the Championship, though you wonder how many opportunities he would get at Leeds next season in particular, especially if the Yorkshire side were to gain promotion.

For Pompey this will be a big worry, Clarke’s constant presence in defence has been vital this season, and he would be a big miss in either division next season.

UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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