Sunderland are on the verge of completing the signing of Tottenham Hotspur winger Jack Clarke. Alasdair Gold of Football London has reported that the 21-year-old is set to have a medical on Wearside on Wednesday ahead of completing a loan move until the end of the season. Should the deal go through, Clarke would become Lee Johnson’s fourth signing of the January transfer window following Trai Hume, Danny Batth, and Patrick Roberts.
Sunderland Close in on Tottenham Winger Jack Clarke
Black Cats Set to Win Race for Winger Jack Clarke
Sunderland appear set to beat off competition from several clubs to sign winger Jack Clarke. A £10 million addition from Leeds United in 2019, Clarke has failed to break into the Spurs first-team squad on a regular basis since arriving. He was loaned back to Leeds where game time was hard to come by and then had spells in the Championship with QPR and Stoke City.
Arriving back in North London last summer following his latest loan, Clarke refused another temporary spell away from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, opting instead to stay and fight for his place. However, the youngster has had to make do with being a regular in the club’s Premier League 2 squad only featuring in the first-team in two Europa Conference League games.
A transfer to the North East to play regular football for a team pushing for promotion could be just the move Clarke needs to get his career back on track.
Who is Winger Jack Clark?
Jack Clarke burst onto the scene during the 208-19 season for Leeds United under the tutorage of Marcelo Bielsa. He made his debut as a substitute in October and scored his first senior goal for the club in December. In January 2019, Bielsa gave Clarke his first league start. It was a game where Clarke was awarded man of the match following an excellent performance on the wing where he assisted in both goals of United’s 2-0 win.
Clarke would finish the season featuring in 25 games and winning the Young Player of the Season award.
His form during his first full season did not go unnoticed and in July 2019 he signed for Tottenham for an initial fee of £10 million. However, this would not be a goodbye to Leeds as he was sent back to Elland Road for a season-long loan. Unfortunately for the youngster, he could not break back into the first team, and his loan was terminated by Spurs. He was sent out to QPR to play more minutes.
He would make just seven appearances for Rangers before heading back to London until once again agreeing to another temporary deal this time at Stoke City.
Clarke is now set to make his fourth loan move, this time to League One promotion chasers Sunderland where their fans and manager Lee Johnson will be hoping the England U20 international can reignite his career and help the Black Cats get back to the Championship.