Report: Spurs made approach for Premier League player before Jack Clarke

Tottenham Hotspur are expected to this week tie up a deal for Leeds United’s Jack Clarke.

The 18-year-old winger completed his medical in North London on Thursday and is now on the verge of completing his £8.5million switch to the Champions League finalists (Sky Sports).

However, The Sun on Sunday (30/6/19; page 59), are reporting that Spurs made an approach to Burnley before they contacted Leeds for Clarke regarding the potential availability of Dwight McNeil.

The report claimed that McNeil is valued at £30million by Sean Dyche’s side with the player also said to be on the radar of Italian side Juventus.

The 19-year-old Clarets winger joined the club’s academy in 2014 after leaving Manchester United and after breaking into the first team during last season, was rewarded with a new contract in January which runs until June 2023 (Burnley).


If McNeil is valued at £30m, it begs the question as to why Spurs are not following up their interest in PSV Eindhoven winger Steven Bergwijn who was said to be on Pochettino’s summer shopping list for around £35million (Sky Sports).

Instead, Spurs have decided to spend a fee of four times less on Clarke, on a player who is unproven in the top flight. Bergwijn already has international and Champions League experience and should be a priority target.

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