Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly tracking Leeds United winger Jack Clarke, along with a number of Premier League clubs, per Sky Sports.
The 18-year-old has impressed scouts with his performances for Marcelo Bielsa’s promotion chasers this season and is coveted by a host of top-flight sides.
Clarke has made his first-team breakthrough at Elland Road this season, making a total of 14 appearances in all competitions following his impressive debut as a substitute in the draw against Brentford at Elland Road in October.
The same source claim that Southampton are also tracking Clarke, though Leeds are keen to keep the bulk of their squad together given their current position.
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Bielsa’s side are currently top of the Championship, a point clear of Norwich City, and are bidding to return to the Premier League for the first time since their relegation at the end of the 2003-04 season.
Sky Sports claim that Clarke is yet to be the subject of a firm bid from a Premier League club or otherwise, however.
Much has been made of Spurs’ failure to sign players in recent transfer windows; they failed to bring in a single player in the summer, and are also on course to end January without a new addition.
However, they have repeatedly shown themselves to be masters of turning young players into Premier League stars.
The likes of Dele Alli, Harry Winks and now Oliver Skipp are thriving under the management of Mauricio Pochettino, the former two having also broken through and won England caps. It seems a matter of time before Skipp is given that honour, too, with the 18-year-old appearing a calm presence in central midfield.
It is logical then that they are tracking Clarke, one of the most exciting young prospects outside of the Premier League.
His performances for Bielsa’s side have shown a maturity that belies his years, and he fits the bill for Spurs given his age and his home-grown eligibility.
Pochettino, then, may soon have another diamond to polish in his squad.