Celtic are interested in signing Tottenham Hotspur talent Jack Clarke on loan this January, as reported by website Football Insider.
The outlet say, in an exclusive report, that the Hoops are keen to land the 19-year-old after finding out that Spurs are prepared to loan him out for the second half of the season.
Interest has been registered with the London club.
Tottenham signed the player for an initial £10m fee last summer (BBC) after he made a breakthrough into the Leeds first-team last season.
He was loaned back to the Elland Road outfit as part of the deal but a lack of playing time has resulted in that loan being cut short and Spurs are now apparently eager to see him develop elsewhere.
Have Celtic paved the way to land Clarke?
The recent sale of Scott Sinclair to Preston North End and apparent imminent exit of Lewis Morgan to Inter Miami certainly appears to be clearing the decks for Neil Lennon and his staff to add another winger to the club.
Clarke is capable of playing on both the right and left wings, having split duties between the flanks during his career at Leeds (Transfermarkt).
The 19-year-old may not have much experience but has already garnered high praise from managers such as Marcelo Bielsa, who last season described him as a difference-maker.
As quoted by talkSPORT, the Leeds boss said, prior to his Spurs switch: “Every time he plays he adapts better to the level of demands of the team of Leeds. He doesn’t look like a young player and every time he plays he has the capacity to create a difference with the opponent.
“Every time he plays he makes the difference.”
Could a long-term loan at the Hoops now allow him to reach his full potential ahead of a stellar career in England?
I’m not against such a move, with Celtic likely benefiting in the process, albeit not financially.