By Pete O’Rourke
Leeds United signed Jack Clarke on loan this summer only after a U-turn from Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, Football Insider can reveal.
The Spurs chief initially insisted during talks with Leeds there was no chance of the winger, 18, being signed by the Londoners and loaned straight back to the Championship club.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Levy then changed his mind after Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insisted Clarke was not ready to link up with his squad.
The wide forward joined Spurs at the start of last month for an initial £9million rising to a potential £11.5million with add-ons.
He immediately headed back to Leeds on a season-long loan after Pochettino decided his development would best be served by working under his fellow Argentine Marcelo Bielsa for another campaign.
The source explained that Tottenham insisted that a recall clause was inserted in the deal allowing them to take Clarke to London in the January window.
That possibility has increased as a result of Clarke struggling for first-team football in the first month of the Championship leaders’ campaign.
He has faild to make the Leeds squad for the last three league games after being the odd one out due to the EFL rule of a maximum of five loan players in the matchday 18.
Clarke has started both of the Yorkshire giants’ League Cup fixtures but was taken off at half-time on Tuesday night as they slumped to a defeat to Stoke City via penalties.
In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has shared his fears about Bielsa’s treatment of Whites ever-present that he considers a “massive issue”.