Tottenham have decided to cut Jack Clarke’s loan spell at Leeds United short and will bring him back to North London next week, according to a report.
Clarke, who impressed for Leeds last season with 22 Championship appearances, was signed by Spurs for £9m in the summer.
Tottenham sent the 19-year-old back out on loan to Marcelo Bielsa’s side in July, initially for the season, but he has managed only 19 minutes of Championship action this term.
Those minutes came in a substitute appearance against Luton Town last month and, according to The Athletic, Spurs have decided that remaining frozen out of Bielsa’s team is worse for his development.
The source says that Tottenham will activate a clause in the loan deal next week allowing them to end the spell in West Yorkshire.
The Englishman will reportedly work with Spurs boss Jose Mourinho for a period before looking for another loan deal to see out the season, expected to again be in the Championship.
The decision means Clarke will not be available for Leeds’ festive schedule, which sees them face Preston North End and Birmingham City.
Previous reports have suggested that Bielsa was keen to stress Clarke’s importance to his team this season.
The Daily Express reported in November that the manager sat down with the player to reaffirm his trust in him, adding that game time was promised by the Argentine over the Christmas period.
In other news, Mourinho has insisted that his side must look to be “intelligent” during the January transfer window, rather than be prepared to splash the cash.
After defender Toby Alderweireld’s future in North London was confirmed via a new contract, the other two high-profile stars set to see their current deals expire in the summer are Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen.
Mourinho has said that he will be prepared to react to such a potential situation as one of those players leaving.
“I am at Tottenham Hotspur. I know the profile of the club, I know the project, I know the vision, I know the objectives,” he said.
“I know that in our transfer market we are going just to react to things that can happen to us in the market. Like I was saying if some player leaves we need to adapt to it.”