A host of Championship clubs are battling to sign Nottingham Forest linked Jack Clarke, according to TEAMtalk. One of those sides is thought to be Wayne Rooney’s Derby County.
Clarke was on the Reds’ radar in the summer. Chris Hughton was a big fan of the winger, although he chose to stay and fight for a place at Tottenham.
That has ended in tears though and he’s nowhere near the first team as Antonio Conte now prepares to take charge of Spurs for the first time this evening.
Clarke was signed from Leeds for £10 million in 2019. He has spent time on loan back at the Whites, at QPR and last season at Stoke.
The 20-year-old has played just four times for Tottenham in competitive competitions. Now, the club are preparing to let him leave on loan with the Rams, Barnsley, Millwall and Luton all keen.
Derby’s interest could be irrelevant. Forest’s rivals are currently in administration and unless a buyer is sought, they won’t be signing anyone.
Clarke was a product of the club’s youth academy. He came through the ranks and made 28 appearances for the senior ranks, scoring twice and claiming two assists.
Will Forest rival Derby for Tottenham youngster Clarke?
It does some unlikely, although the Leeds player does tick most of the boxes of Forest’s recruitment team and for Steve Cooper.
The reason it perhaps looks unlikely is that Clarke is strictly a wide option. Cooper likes to deploy two players behind a centre forward that can operate either out wide or as a No.10.
Clarke’s career has stagnated somewhat. He desperately needs a move to play regular football and start realising his potential once again.
Given that Clarke earns £25,000-a-week a loan looks far more likely than a permanent move away from Tottenham in January.
Forest will likely go in search of a couple more players during January. Clarke might be one that is now off the radar this time around, however.