Tuesday 23 July 2019

Spurs land Clarke to begin summer spree

Leeds United winger Jack Clarke is set to become Tottenham Hotspur’s first signing since January 2018. Photo: PA
Leeds United winger Jack Clarke is set to become Tottenham Hotspur’s first signing since January 2018. Photo: PA

Leeds United winger Jack Clarke is set to become Tottenham Hotspur's first signing since January 2018 after an agreement was reached between the two clubs.

The 18-year-old is due to have a medical in north London after Spurs agreed a fee reported to be around £10 million, but which could rise with add-ons.

Clarke enjoyed an impressive first campaign at Leeds, making 25 appearances as Marcelo Bielsa's side reached the Championship play-offs. It has been a rapid rise for the teenager, who made his debut for the club in October last year and started just five of his 25 matches.

Clarke's season was interrupted after he collapsed on the bench during a match against Middlesbrough in February. He did not feature for the first team for five weeks after the incident, which the club confirmed was the result of a virus. Provided Tottenham are able to get the deal over the line, Clarke would be their first signing since Lucas Moura joined the club from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2018.

Clarke will hope to be the latest young English player to thrive under the management of Mauricio Pochettino. He will provide a natural wide option for the Champions League finalists, who are also closing in on a club-record deal for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. The move for Ndombele, 22, could be worth as much as £55m.

Tottenham are also hoping to finalise a deal for Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon, who is keen to work under Pochettino. Sessegnon suffered a hamstring injury playing for the England U-21s and has yet to discover the extent of the damage, but it is understood there is no concern it could disrupt his move.

Telegraph.co.uk

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