Jack Clarke is reportedly due to travel to Tottenham on Wednesday to undergo a medical ahead of a move from Championship side Leeds United.
The north London club have not signed a single player since Lucas Moura arrived in January 2018, with Kieran Trippier their last British signing in June 2015.
But having agreed a fee of around £10m up front with Leeds for teenager Clarke – with add-ons due to take the deal to nearer the £14m mark – Spurs are set to land their man.
According to Football Insider, Clarke has been given permission by Leeds to travel south to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms with Tottenham, with the latter unexpected to cause too many issues. The 18-year-old currently has two years remaining on his current deal at Elland Road, but is likely to pocket a significant payrise given he only earns a reported £1,000 a week in West Yorkshire.
Leeds had reportedly asked Tottenham if they would include a loan-back arrangement in any deal to sign Clarke, but it is understood that has been rejected. However, the deal does give Leeds the first option to re-sign Clarke on loan if Tottenham decide to let him leave on a temporary basis. Leeds are also understood to have insisted on a 20% sell-on clause in any future sale of the player.
Leeds were left with little room for manoeuvre over Clarke after the teenager reportedly shunned the possibility of signing a new deal and making it clear to Leeds chiefs that he wanted the move to Tottenham.
Mauricio Pochettino has identified Clarke as the perfect purchase ‘to boost his options in attack’, with Daniel Levy approving the return to a club policy of ‘signing the best young players from the Football League’.
Clarke has made just 25 appearances for United, just five of which have come in the starting XI, but his loss will come as a huge blow to Leeds’ promotion ambitions with the teenager proving his huge talents over the winter period for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
It promises to be a busy few days for Tottenham with a record deal for Tanguy Ndombele also agreed and the club also making a late bid to beat Arsenal to St Etienne defender William Saliba.
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