According to an article by Leeds Live, as per a conversation with a reporter from their sister site football.london, Tottenham Hotspur’s pursuit of Leeds United wing starlet it very real and has been for a while.
Speaking to football.london’s Alasdair Gold, Leeds live discover that now only are Spurs serious about Clarke, but they chose him above Hull City’s free-scoring winger Jarrod Bowen.
Speaking of the pursuit of Clarke, Gold said of Spurs’ interest that “it’s very real” and that it was interest that stems from close scrutiny of the youngster from last season. Gold also said that Spurs were observing both Clarke and Bowen last season but “it was the younger Leeds man who eventually became the sole focus of their attention.”
York-born Clarke featured in 22 Championship games for the Whites last season, games that returned two goals and two assists. His threat and directness, his willingness to run at opponents, marked him out for the talent that he is – obviously raising his profile for sides such as Spurs.
There is little doubting that Clarke made an impact, hence Spurs’ “very real” interest in acquiring his services for what Sun reporter Alan Nixon said was an initial £8.5m rising to around £13m with accumulated add-ons.
In the battle of the right wing stars, Spurs seem to have gone for age and potential in Clarke over the more obvious goal threat posed by Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen. Bowen lit up the KCOM last season, scoring 22 goals and proving four assists in an ever-present 46-game season for the Tigers.
However, goal output is obviously not what Spurs are looking for at the moment, that much is obviously clear. In Clarke the North London side obviously see something and are looking increasingly more likely to land the exciting youngster, much to the chagrin of many Whites fans.