Reliable journalist Alan Nixon has said that League One side Portsmouth will be looking to receive around £5 million for centre-back Matt Clarke, as Championship interest grows.

Portsmouth centre-back Matt Clarke has been heavily linked with a move away from the League One side this summer, with Championship interest growing in the 22-year-old.

After Pompey suffered defeat in their League One Play-Off semi-final at the hands of Sunderland, Clarke is more likely to make a move away from Fratton Park. Stoke City have been linked with a move for the centre-back, while Leeds United were also credited with interest back in April.

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Now, after Portsmouth had their League One status confirmed for next season, Nixon has said on Twitter that the defender is likely to make a move away for a fee in the region of £5 million.

Clarke has been a star man for Portsmouth ever since he joined on loan from Ipswich Town in 2015, before making his move permanent in the summer of 2016. He has gone on to play 175 times for the club, making a seriously impressive 60 appearances in this season alone.

The defender has proved almost impossible to dislodge from Kenny Jackett’s starting eleven this season, with his strong form warranting a place in the defence of the PFA League One Team of the Season.

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Clarke’s loyalty to Pompey has not gone unnoticed since joining from Ipswich, remaining at Fratton Park despite regular interest from a number of sides. However, after failing to win promotion to the Premier League, Clarke may make the step up away from Portsmouth to prove himself in the second tier.

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