According to The Mirror, Leeds United have made it clear that they have absolutely no interest in selling Jack Clarke in this January transfer window, despite apparent interest from Premier League sides, including Southampton.
18-year-old winger Clarke is currently enjoying his debut campaign in the first team, having graduated from the academy, at Elland Road.
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has a track record of working with young players and he appears to be nurturing a real talent in Clarke. The teenager was handed his first start of the Championship season to date against Derby County last time out.
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Clarke was brilliant against the Rams and registered an assist to take his tally to two for the season. He has also scored two goals, in a total of twelve league outings. It’s no surprise then that the starlet is attracting the interest of top flight clubs.
Such is Clarke’s obvious quality and potential, Southampton ought to test Whites owner Andrea Radizzani’s resolve by tabling a £20 million bid for the youngster.
£20 million would represent an equal club-record deal for the Saints, given they will pay that amount for Danny Ings in the summer.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad is weak in the wide areas though, with the likes of Nathan Redmond and summer signing Mohamed Elyounoussi struggling to have an impact this season. Clarke could provide the injection of creativity, flair and energy that is needed on the flanks at St Mary’s Stadium.
For just £20 million – a fee Leeds would find very hard to refuse – the south coast club could land a winger capable of shining for them for many years to come.