Sky Sports’ Michael Bridge has revealed that at least eight different Championship clubs showed interest in Jack Clarke this summer before he made the move to Sunderland.
Clarke has failed to live up to expectations since his £10m move to Spurs (The Sun) from Leeds in 2019 but the youngster showed glimpses of his quality during his last two loan spells at Stoke City and Sunderland.
The winger played a valued part in helping the Black Cats win promotion back to the Championship last season, and The Northern Echo reported last month that Sunderland boss Alex Neil was hoping to bring the Spurs man back to the North East for 2022/23.
The Athletic reported on Friday that Clarke looked set to move to the Stadium of Light in a permanent deal after Sunderland struck an agreement with Spurs regarding the winger. Tottenham then confirmed the deal on Saturday.
According to Alasdair Gold, although the initial fee that the newly-promoted Championship club will be paying for the former Leeds man is modest, it could potentially rise to £10m if the future add-ons are met.
Bridge has now taken to social media to reveal that more than eight second-tier clubs showed interest in Clarke this summer but the 21-year-old had his heart set on joining Sunderland.
Jack Clarke close to permanent transfer to Sunderland. Clearly a talent but didn’t work out at Spurs. Understand at least eight Championship clubs were keen but he only wanted to join Sunderland. #THFC #SAFC
— Michael Bridge (@MichaelBridge_) July 8, 2022
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I am not surprised that Clarke was keen on returning to Sunderland as the youngster needs some continuity at this stage of his career. He would be guaranteed regular game time under Alex Neil at the Stadium of Light next season on the back of his performances last campaign.
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