According to The Express, West Ham United are one of three Premier League clubs who would be interested in signing Tottenham Hotspur winger Jack Clarke in January should Spurs recall him from his loan spell with Leeds United, and his addition would suggest Manuel Pellegrini is still unconvinced by Andriy Yarmolenko.
Well, The Express report Tottenham are unhappy that the teenager has been restricted to just two Carabao Cup appearances so far this term after they signed him from Leeds and then sent him straight back on a season-long loan deal.
The Express say the north London outfit are considering bringing the 18-year-old back and then sending him out on another loan deal in the New Year, with the Irons, Everton and Crystal Palace all said to be keen.
The report adds that Manuel Pellegrini’s men were also interested in the 5 foot 11 Clarke during the summer window, before he ended up at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Given Spurs’ unhappiness that Clarke isn’t playing much football at Leeds, you would expect that his next loan destination would have to include some sort of guarantee of minutes on the pitch.
From the 27 matches Transfermarkt has recorded positions for, the wide man has played on the right wing on 15 occasions, and on the left on 11.
That shows his versatility but given Felipe Anderson, who cost a then club-record fee in the summer of 2018, often starts from the left, the teenager appears unlikely to get a spot in the team there over the Brazilian.
The right wing would be more likely then, and it appears to be more up for grabs seeing as it is contested by Michail Antonio and Andriy Yarmolenko right now.
The latter is still regaining his fitness following the serious torn Achilles injury he suffered last season, and while he scored his first goal in a year against Norwich City before the international break, he was pretty subdued against Aston Villa earlier this week, with Football London describing his final product as “incredibly wasteful”.
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Targeting Clarke who would need minutes on the field more than suggests Pellegrini is yet to be convinced by the Ukraine international, who cost £17.5m when he signed in 2018.