Tottenham frustration with Leeds could lead to West Ham January signing
Spurs signed the promising winger for £10m this summer and allowed him to remain at Elland Road for the 2019/20 campaign.
But despite playing a bigger role in Marcelo Bielsa’s team last term as Leeds charged towards promotion before falling at the final hurdle, Clarke has hardly been used this season.
The 18-year-old has made just two appearances in a Leeds shirt since his move to Tottenham was sealed.
And those games both came in the Carabao Cup during the first round win at Salford and the second round victory on penalties at home to Championship rivals Stoke.
Clarke only played 70 minutes and then 46 minutes respectively in those matches, though.
And if things continue to head in the same direction across the first half of the Championship season, Tottenham will call it quits on the loan deal.
Mauricio Pochettino has the option of a release clause in Clarke’s Leeds loan.
And they would then look to send him out temporarily for the second half of the season with the view to getting him real first-team game time at a high level.
Clarke is admired by Spurs’ rivals West Ham as well as fellow Londoners Crystal Palace, according to the Daily Express.
Both Premier League sides were keen on luring Clarke away from Leeds in the summer but were pipped to his signature by Champions League finalists Tottenham.
Whether Spurs would be willing to strengthen Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers remains to be seen as the two clubs have clashed over transfers in recent years, namely with Emmanuel Adebayor’s cancelled switch back on deadline day in January 2015.
However, Clarke is not ready to challenge for match action in north London yet, so Tottenham are weighing up their options over how to handle the situation going forward.
West Ham and Palace are watching closely with Clarke potentially returning to the capital sooner than expected.
Everton are apparently also keen although Marco Silva has an array of wingers on his books already.
At Leeds, Clarke’s failure to force his way into Bielsa’s plans for the new season is surprising.
He made 25 appearances last term and was sidelined for a lengthy period too after collapsing in the dugout at Middlesbrough.
His situation is peculiar as he was such a threat for Leeds out wide in the 2018/19 season, hence Tottenham making their move to land him.
It is unlikely once again that Clarke will start for top of the Championship table Leeds on Saturday when they host Derby in their eighth league match of the new campaign.