Nottingham Forest’s hopes of signing Tottenham winger Jack Clarke this month appear to have hit a stumbling block.
Team Talk are reporting that Tottenham are preferring the youngster stays in the capital for the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign.
The teenager had hoped to move back to the north to be closer to his family but Tottenham appear to have scuppered those plans (Daily Star).
Clarke signed for Spurs in the summer for £10 million from Leeds United (The Guardian). He was loaned back to the Whites as part of the deal but rarely featured in Marcelo Bielsa’s team.
Tottenham naturally view Clarke as a star of the future and a clutch of Championship clubs, including Forest, are interested.
The Reds are looking for some attacking creativity during the transfer window. Although a striker is a number one target, another option out wide would certainly be welcomed.
The report claims that QPR now have the edge on winning the race to sign Clarke.
Nottingham Forest News View – Missing out on Clarke isn’t the end of the world
The highly-rated 19-year-old would have been a decent short-term acquisition for the Reds but they have been linked with more proven players during this window.
Clarke is very much one of for the future. He is quick, direct and can excite supporters, although he was occasionally inconsistent last season.
Forest will hope there aren’t too many more disappointments when it comes to signing players but this wouldn’t be a complete disaster.
The Reds will have an extensive shortlist and missing out on Clarke will simply represent a minor setback.