Reports of Jack Clarke’s potential move to Tottenham have gathered speed over the past few days.
Football Insider recently revealed that Spurs had tabled a second bid for the Leeds United winger, amounting to £8million.
It is now widely expected that Clarke will become a Spurs’ player in the next few days (The Sun) which would make him Tottenham’s first signing since January 2018 when the club signed Lucas Moura from Paris Saint Germain for £23million (BBC).
In spite of this news, former Leeds United forward Noel Whelan has suggested that Leeds should accept an offer of £20million for Clarke.
Speaking to Football Insider, regarding Clarke’s price tag, Whelan said: “Right now, no, but if they’re willing to take it then we’ll take £20million, absolutely.
“Jack Clarke is a work in progress. We’ve got him up to a certain place in his footballing career, a certain standard of his ability which was helped at Leeds United by the coaching staff. Yes, ability as well that he was born with but we brought him into a side where he’s done okay.
“If that’s going to release £20million to spend on players, as much as I think he’s a work in progress and could be a smashing player in the future, he’s still not the finished article. So £20million right now to get someone who’s going to give us a little bit more, in probably three or four areas, yeah, I would sell him.”
Clearly, Whelan believes Clarke is yet to be worth the £20 million valuation set out by Leeds. He suggested that a deal for Clarke at that price would only strengthen the club’s current position.
Spurs Web Opinion
Pochettino clearly sees potential in Clarke and believes that he has what it takes to become a leading Premier League player. That’s good enough for me. I’d much rather see Pochettino bring in young players that he has personally identified and requested, than the likes of Vincent Janssen or Georges-Kevin Nkoudou.
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