Tottenham reportedly blocked a loan move for Jack Clarke ahead of Friday’s deadline for domestic transfers with Birmingham City among a string of Championship clubs keen.
EFL clubs had until 5pm to complete transfers with other English teams and it appears the 19-year-old was in-demand before the window closed.
According to Football Insider, Clarke was the subject of interest from multiple clubs in the second tier who were keen to take the winger on loan for the 2020/21 campaign.
It is understood that Birmingham were among the frontrunners in the pursuit of the teenager but that Spurs refused to let him leave.
The report claims that the north London club were concerned about how much playing time he would get and felt that his development would be better served by staying and representing the U23s.
Clarke joined Spurs from Leeds United last summer but returned to Elland Road on loan for the first half of the season.
A lack of opportunities saw him move to QPR on a temporary deal in January but he only featured seven times for Mark Warburton’s side in total.
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After what must’ve been a frustrating season for both Clarke and Spurs last term, it’s understandable that they blocked a loan move away from the club late in the window.
Another campaign of limited opportunities in the Championship would’ve been far from ideal for the 19-year-old.
Clarke could have been an interesting addition for the Blues but it’s difficult to see him playing a huge role given how Jeremie Bela and Ivan Sanchez have started the season.
It will be interesting to see if there is more interest in January.