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Sunderland set to reignite interest in 21-year-old



Promoted side Sunderland have Tottenham Hotspur winger Jack Clarke on their radar again following the expiration of his loan spell, according to a Twitter update from journalist Alan Nixon.

The 21-year-old arrived at the Stadium of Light after failing to establish himself as a first-team regular in the English capital during the first half of the 2021/22 campaign, something that sums up what has been an unsuccessful spell for the player at Spurs.

He also received mixed reviews for much of his time on Wearside – but stepped up to the plate well during the Black Cats’ play-off campaign and played a big part in getting them back to the Championship at the fourth time of asking.

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Recording two goals and four assists in 20 appearances during his time at the Stadium of Light, his most memorable moment arguably came against Sheffield Wednesday in the play-off final second leg as he supplied the ball for Patrick Roberts’ crucial equaliser at Hillsborough.

And with these promising recent performances under his belt, Alex Neil’s side are now interested in striking a fresh agreement for his services, though Nixon personally believes a permanent deal is unlikely.

However, it’s currently unclear whether another loan move will be sanctioned with the 21-year-old’s contract at Tottenham expiring in 2023, though they face making a big loss on the winger regardless after seeing him arrive for £10m back in 2019.

The Verdict:

Considering the promise he showed towards the end of his spell on Wearside, that should give him plenty of confidence going into the summer and beyond and this is why the Black Cats should look to take advantage of this and pursue a fresh agreement.

He isn’t likely to be of much use in the English capital despite potentially having the chance to compete in Europe, so another loan deal could be beneficial for the Wearside outfit as they potentially look to bring in players with second-tier experience.

Clarke already has that under his belt from his time at Leeds United, Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City, so they could do a lot worse than bringing in a player who is already accustomed to life at the Stadium of Light.

This previous spell means it shouldn’t take him too long to settle back in despite other fresh faces likely to come in during the upcoming window, so this is promising news for the promoted outfit’s supporters.

Spurs may want to offload him permanently though and this could be a barrier to another agreement – because unless Spurs are willing to let him go for a nominal fee – this deal may not be possible. Clarke will also need to be realistic in terms of wage demands.

A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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