Report: Out-of-favour Tottenham man could leave in January, clubs showing ‘interest’

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Jack Clarke has an uncertain future at Tottenham Hotspur after struggling for playing time since his ill-fated move to North London and Football League World say he has ‘interest’ from a host of Football League clubs looking to loan him for the remainder of the season when the winter transfer window opens.

Clarke joined Spurs from Leeds United for £10m in 2019 and has gone on to make four appearances in all competitions, amassing a paltry 95 minutes of football.

The 21-year-old made his Tottenham debut from the bench in their Europa League win over LASK (October 22, 2020), playing for just four minutes. His second outing saw him introduced after the hour mark in their Europa League win over FC Ludogorets a months later. His third appearance came from the bench in Spurs’ FA Cup third-round win over Marine FC at the turn of the year.

Clarke has featured only once at senior level this season and it came in Tottenham’s Europa Conference League qualifier defeat to Pacos Ferreira back in August. Since then, he’s made the first-team bench once and has returned to the reserves.

It doesn’t appear the 21-year-old has a chance of breaking into the senior squad this season, even if Antonio Conte’s appointment as manager gives him a clean slate, so it would benefit all parties if he moved on temporarily again.

Clarke has spent time on loan at Leeds (July 2019 – January 2020), Queens Park Rangers (January 2020 – July 2020), Stoke City (January 2021 – May 2021), so he’s not averse to getting minutes lower down the English pyramid.

Football League World say Barnsley, Middlesbrough and Sheffield United are interested in procuring Clarke’s signature for the rest of the campaign, but it remains to be seen what the player will do. Tottenham aren’t likely to stand in his way of a departure as they’re not currently using him, so the 21-year-old might have the final say on his future.