Stoke City are set to beat Sheffield Wednesday and Coventry in the race to sign Tottenham’s Jack Clarke with the Potters in advanced talks, according to Football Insider.
Clarke has been linked with a host of Championship side, including Middlesbrough and Swansea, but it appears that Michael O’Neill’s side are on the verge of adding the youngster to their ranks in a deal that’ll see the 20-year-old move to the Bet365 Stadium on loan until the end of the season.
The former Leeds United attacker signed for Spurs in a £10-million deal in the summer of 2019, but his outing in Tottenham’s FA Cup victory at Non-League Marine was just his third first-team appearance since making the switch from Elland Road.
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Clarke spent last season on loan back at Leeds and then QPR before returning to Spurs, where he’d make two appearances in the Europa League, before Jose Mourinho made the winger available for a loan move once the January window opened.
And Football Insider believe that Stoke are on the verge of making Clarke their third signing of the window following the recent loan arrivals of Rabbi Matondo and Rhys Norrington-Davies from Sheffield United.
Whilst Stoke have some experienced attacking players, a move to the Potters is an excellent step for Clarke.
But following his unsuccessful loan spells at both Leeds and QPR last season, it’s really important that Clarke’s gets opportunities, and just the odd substitute appearance here and there.
It’s approaching two years since he last started in the league, and after more than seasons since breaking through, it’s time he starts playing regularly again.