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Spurs set to repeat a tried & tested transfer formula by signing Jack Clarke from Leeds Utd

By Steve Jennings

Published: 17:23, 26 June 2019

Tottenham Hotspur are close to sealing a deal for Leeds United starlet Jack Clarke, according to multiple reports.

Among others, the Yorkshire Evening Post claims Clarke did not train with his Leeds teammates on Wednesday as he was in London to undergo a medical with Spurs.

Jack Clarke’s debut season: Five key things to know…

  1. Clarke, 18, made his debut for Leeds in October last year against Brentford.
  2. He went on to score two goals, including a fine individual effort against Aston Villa, and registered two assists in 22 league appearances.
  3. There was concern when the teenager fell ill in a match against Middlesbrough in February.
  4. Clarke was simply suffering from a virus and soon returned to first-team action.
  5. He ended his debut season by winning the club’s Young Player of the Year award.

Tottenham are expected to pay £10m with the fee rising to £11.5m including add-ons.

There had been talk of Clarke returning to Leeds on loan for the 2019/20 season, but reports suggest Spurs want the 18-year-old to fight for a place in the first-team next term.

The Londoners haven’t made a signing since Lucas Moura’s arrival from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2018, but that will change if Clarke agrees to join.

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Tottenham have previously signed Aaron Lennon and Danny Rose as teenagers from Leeds, so Clarke’s arrival could be seen as a repeat of a tried and tested transfer formula.

Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has also been heavily linked with a move to Spurs in recent days.