Ex-Leeds United star and current Sunderland winger Jack Clarke reportedly attracting interest from Everton, Burnley, Brentford and Crystal Palace
Once a raw but promising young attacker on the books at Elland Road, Clarke has developed into a dangerous winger for Championship side Sunderland. According to the i, top flight scouts are paying attention and there is ‘understood to be interest’ from Everton, Burnley, Brentford and Crystal Palace.
Clarke’s exploits at Elland Road prompted Tottenham Hotspur to pay a reported £10m fee for his services. However, he was unable to break into the first-team and was loaned out to Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City after an unsuccessful loan stint back at Leeds.
He left Tottenham on a permanent deal last year, joining Sunderland and helping the Black Cats reach the play-offs. However, if the reported interest leads to bids, the Championship side may face a battle to retain him.
“He plays golf with [teammates] Ross Stewart and Patrick Roberts and there’s a real bond there. It’s a good time to be at Sunderland and I think all the Sunderland fans are in the best spirits they’ve been in a long time.
“Jack loves it at Sunderland and he’s got three years [of his contract] left. Of course I can’t control what other clubs are going to do. If other clubs contact Sunderland that’s unfortunately out of my control. I think every player, no matter what league you’re in, has a price and no matter what club you’re at if a club is happy with it they’ll take it.
“But top and bottom of it, I love going [to Sunderland]. I live locally and I also look after Niall Huggins who will hopefully kick on and have a really positive season next year and play games. We’ll just have to wait and see.”