The Northern Echo have revealed that Sunderland have held talks with Tottenham over re-signing Jack Clarke on the back of his loan spell at the club last season.
Clarke has failed to live up to expectations since his £10m move (The Sun) from Leeds United in 2019 but the youngster has shown 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. According to The Northern Echo, Sunderland boss Alex Neil is hoping to bring the Spurs man back to the Stadium of Light.
Tottenham are said to be reluctant to agree on any deal at this stage and would prefer to wait until later in the summer to make a decision over Clarke’s future.
The report claims that the former Leeds man is interested in returning to the North East. However, with Clarke’s contract at Spurs expiring next summer, it is said that the Lilywhites hierarchy might be tempted to cash in on the player.
The report claims that Sunderland might not be able to afford a permanent deal for the winger but if Tottenham extend Clarke’s contract and decide to loan him out, the Black Cats’ chances of re-signing the 21-year-old would vastly improve.
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If Clarke does not sign a new contract, Tottenham will likely cash in on him. However, I suspect that the club will offer the 21-year-old a new deal and would be hoping that another season on loan in the Championship would further boost his value ahead of a future sale.
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