Nottingham Forest wanted Tottenham winger Jack Clarke during the summer and last night he showcased exactly why Chris Hughton showed interest.

The youngster endured a rotten first half of the 2021/22 campaign. He was bombed out of first-team training at Spurs and made a few outings for the under-23s.

In January, Sunderland came calling. The Black Cats handed him the chance to play regular football and he now has a League One Play-Off Final to look forward to.

During his time in the North East, he’s made 19 appearances. He has only scored one goal and claimed three assists but his form has been largely impressive.

Forest wanted Clarke
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Alex Neil typically likes his wingers to attack. With Clarke on one side and Patrick Roberts on the other, Sunderland look like a formidable force.

Clarke rose to prominence with Leeds. His form at Elland Road earned him a £10 million move to Tottenham but he’s been unable to breakthrough.

The 21-year-old has made just four appearances for Spurs and has failed to make an outing in the Premier League as of yet.

His time in North London looks to be coming to an end and it seems highly likely that the winger will be offloaded permanently in the summer.

Forest wanted Clarke and he might still be on the radar

The Reds do have a new recruitment team in place these days. Despite that, young players will remain the order of the day and Clarke fits that criteria.

Last night he got a 9/10 rating for his performance. He was called ‘simply outstanding’ for his performance in the 2-1 aggregate win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Forest wanted Clarke
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His form at Sunderland will have alerted clubs. With Tottenham keen to sell him, there will be plenty of interest and Forest might have him on their shortlist.

With Philip Zinckernagel likely to return to Watford and Brennan Johnson attracting interest from the Premier League, forward signings could be needed.

As a result, Clarke might prove a useful addition to the Forest ranks in the summer.

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