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Nottingham Forest: Reds keen on Jack Clarke

Nottingham Forest remain interested in a deal to sign Tottenham Hotspur winger Jack Clarke, according to The Athletic. 

What’s the story?

Clarke signed for Spurs back in 2019, after catching the eye with some strong performances for Leeds United earlier in his career.

The 20-year-old made 28 appearances for the Yorkshire-based side in total, and evidently made a good impression on the London-based side.

Clarke’s time with Spurs has been a somewhat frustrating spell to date, with the winger making just three senior appearances for the Premier League side over the years.

He has spent time out on loan with both Stoke City and QPR in recent seasons, although he’s struggled to set the world alight in his temporary spells in the EFL.

But it appears as though he could be set to return to the Championship ahead of the 2021/22 league campaign, with Nottingham Forest remaining keen on an agreement with Spurs over a move Clarke this summer.

Clarke could be the ideal Knockaert replacement

Chris Hughton’s side finished 17th in the second tier standings in the 2020/21 season, and will be looking to add much-needed quality to their side at the earliest of opportunities, ahead of their season opener against Coventry City on Sunday 8th August, in what could potentially be a tricky test for the Reds.

Clarke could potentially be involved in their team for that season opener though, with the Reds remaining keen on reaching an agreement to land his signature.

Nottingham Forest could certainly benefit from adding depth to wide areas of their team as well, with Anthony Knockaert returning to Fulham, after his loan spell at the City Ground in last year’s campaign.

Therefore, strength in depth is needed in Hughton’s side, and Clarke could potentially be a safe option for the Reds ahead of the upcoming campaign, with the winger having experience of playing regularly in the Championship during the early stages of his senior career.

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His loan spell with Stoke City last term was cut short through injury, and the former Leeds winger will be eager to get back to his best at the earliest of opportunities.

Clarke was once dubbed as ‘exciting’ by former Leeds United man Noel Whelan, whilst also coming in for praise from Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa.

At the age of 20, Clarke still has a point to prove to some of his doubters at this stage of his career, and if he’s given a regular spot in the starting XI with Nottingham Forest, then the Reds could potentially find themselves making a somewhat surprising challenge for a top-six finish in the Championship next term.

And, with Alex Mighten already in his ranks at Forest, Hughton could have two very exciting, young talents to work in the wide areas – a prospect that seems very tantalising ahead of the new season.

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