Spurs to send Jack Clarke back to Leeds on loan after completing £11.5m deal

Jack Clarke will spend next season on loan at Leeds from Spurs
Spurs are on the verge of signing Jack Clarke but will send him back to Leeds on loan (Picture: Getty)

Spurs are poised to make their first signing in 18-months with Jack Clarke set to join from Leeds United but the teenage winger will be loaned back to the Championship club next season.

The 18-year-old has been linked with a move to Spurs for a number of weeks and is set to sign a five-year contract in a deal worth an initial £10m rising to a potential £11.5m in add-ons.

It had been expected that Clarke would immediately become part of Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team squad next season, however, the Guardian states that he will stay at Leeds next season.

Pochettino generally prefers to work with the young players at his disposal rather than loan them out elsewhere as was the case with Harry Winks who has only ever played for Spurs.

In the case of Clarke, though, Pochettino feels he can benefit from an additional season in the Championship, particularly as he would be working with the Spurs manager’s mentor Marcelo Bielsa.

Although Clarke made his first-team breakthrough at Leeds last season, only four of his 25 Championship appearances came via the start but he is expected to feature more prominently next season.

Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is Tottenham's top target
Spurs are also hopeful of concluding a deal for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele (Picture: Getty)

Spurs activated a similar option when they signed Dele Alli for £5m from MK Dons in January 2015 before loaning him back to the then League One club for the remainder of the 2015-16 campaign.

Clarke looks set to become Spurs’ first signing since Lucas Moura joined from PSG in January 2018 and the club is hopeful that he will be swiftly followed by Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.

Spurs are believed to be close to signing the France international despite Lyon’s president Jean-Michel Aulas insisting last week that the club’s had not reached an agreement.

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