Football Insider have reported that Tottenham Hotspur were first offered Jack Clarke back in 2017 before eventually signing him two years later in July 2019.
The report claims that Spurs had been keeping tabs on the teenager for a number of years before finally making a move for him in that summer.
However, it is also said that the Lilywhites could have snapped up their man for just £300,000 when he was a 16-year-old rather than paying 4300% more for him in 2019 at £13m.
Football Insider claim that Clarke was offered to Spurs via intermediaries before he signed his first professional contract with his boyhood Leeds United.
As he was still just a youth player, the North Londoners would have only been forced to pay around £300,000 in compensation.
Since arriving at Spurs in 2019, Clarke has been loaned out at Leeds, QPR and Stoke City, as well as playing the first half of the 2020/21 campaign in the Tottenham squad.
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