Celtic plot summer transfer swoop for £10m-rated Tottenham ace
Celtic have made Tottenham youngster Jack Clarke a summer transfer target after missing out on signing the midfielder in January. The 19-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan at Leeds United, as this was agreed as part of the deal that saw him leave Elland Road last summer.
Tottenham paid a fee in the region of £10million for the winger, who had scored two goals and provided two assists in 25 appearances for the Yorkshire club in the 2018/19 season.
However, Clarke spent the majority of the first half of this season either on the bench or not part of Leeds’ matchday squad.
He had made one 19-minute appearance in the Championship before being recalled by Spurs in January.
Celtic were keen to bring Clarke to the Parkhead club at this point, however, a deal with Queen’s Park Rangers was struck for the remainder of the season.
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Neither spell has worked out for Clarke, who has made just eight appearances for both clubs this campaign.
However, according to Football Insider, Celtic believe a move north of the border could reignite his career.
The report claims a Celtic source has insisted the Hoops are monitoring the player and are weighing up making a season-long loan offer this summer.
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Clarke has yet to play for Tottenham and instead looked to continue his development in the Championship.
Celtic have already shown in the past how the Scottish Premiership can help develop young talent and a fresh start might be exactly what Clarke needs.
And former Leeds striker Noel Whelan believes that Clarke “has a lot of thinking to do” ahead of the next season.
“His progression has been very slow. We saw the peak of that at Leeds United,” he told Football Insider.
“Things happened very quickly for him. He went to a big club for a big amount of money and, in Tottenham’s eyes, he is one for the future.
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“He has not done it at QPR, they were disappointed and wanted more. He has a lot of thinking to do.
“Jack is miles off the Tottenham side. He will go out on loan next year but to be successful, and be the player we thought he was going to be, he needs to have a really long look at himself.
“He needs to get the bit between his teeth and prove a point to people. At the moment, he is dwindling away. People have forgotten about him.
“There is a player there but at the moment he is a bench player.”
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