Back in the summer, Nottingham Forest were linked with a move to sign Jack Clarke from Tottenham. He was thought to be available for loan, although he ultimately stayed put.

That now looks a strange decision and Forest could have the perfect chance to try and land the youngster in January.

Clarke hasn’t featured for the first team in the Premier League this season making just one appearance in the Europa Conference League qualifiers.

The 20-year-old has failed to convince Nuno Espirito Santo of his qualities and his future now looks bleak.

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Since checking in from Leeds in 2019, Clarke has spent time on loan with QPR and Stoke in the Championship.

Perhaps more concerning is the fact that he’s played in just four games for Tottenham since his £10 million switch from Elland Road.

Last night he was part of a Tottenham under-23 outfit that was beaten by Oxford in the EFL Trophy. Clarke was on the scoresheet but he’s far better than playing in such a competition.

The talented winger has to reassess his stance on staying with Tottenham in January. As a result, a loan move seems like the best bet.

Future star: Clarke could thrive under Steve Cooper at Forest

The beauty of Forest’s new head coach is that he has a proud history of getting the very best out of talented young players. Clarke matches that description and he could be just the man to get him firing again.

Since bursting onto the scene at Leeds, it’s been a sorry state of affairs for Clarke. Right now, a talented player is just kicking his heels in the stands and is ultimately slipping through the net.

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The Spurs man is paid £25,000-a-week at Tottenham and that makes a permanent move in January hard to imagine.

A loan move would suit all parties though. With that in mind and with Cooper at the helm, Forest have the perfect chance to sign a player the club has liked for a while.

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