Tottenham Hotspur agreed a deal with Leeds United to sign Jack Clarke back in May, according to football journalist Andrew Gaffney.
He claims that Spurs made contact with the Elland Road outfit following their Championship play-off defeat to Derby County and shook hands on an £8million deal.
Clarke was said to have made it clear that he wanted to compete for a place within Mauricio Pochettino’s squad rather than being loaned back to Leeds to gain further first team experience.
Gaffney believes the reason for the hold up in the announcement of the deal was for medical reasons which Spurs wanted to check before putting pen to paper.
The 18-year-old suffered a seizure while watching the second half of his side’s 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough in February (Telegraph).
Clarke who played the first half but was replaced at the interval fell to the ground in the 82nd minute after complaining of feeling unwell. The winger was immediately surrounded by paramedics and medical staff from both clubs. He was given oxygen and, after a lengthy and concerning spell of treatment, was taken on a stretcher to the dressing room.
Once there his condition improved and he was fully conscious when he was transported to hospital for further assessment and subsequently released.
The only thing holding up the deal at that time was the results of a medical. Spurs wanted to make sure everything was okay with Clarke after he had suffered a seizure whilst on the bench in Leeds’ match against Middlesbrough.
— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) June 23, 2019
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