EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Leeds are gambling on Jack Clarke’s long-term future after delaying contract talks amid interest from a number of top Premier League clubs, Football Insider understands.
As revealed by Football Insider up to four Premier League sides are to lodge bids for highly-rated Leeds winger Clarke during this month’s transfer window.
A well-placed source has now explained that Clarke’s suitors have been put on red alert by Leeds’ shock decision, led by owner Andrea Radrizzani, to shelve contract talks with the teenage sensation until the end of the season.
Skilful attacker Clarke is regarded as one of the most promising players to come through at Leeds in recent years and he signed his first professional deal in November 2017 when he turned 17.
Clarke has been a revelation this season for Leeds since making his debut in October and gone on to score twice in 12 appearances for the Championship leaders.
Clarke was hoping to discuss a new contract at Leeds as reward for his progress in breaking into the first-team this season and establishing himself as a key man in Marcelo Bielsa’s plans, but Leeds are in no rush to sort out a new deal for the talented youngster.
Clarke’s Premier League admirers are now monitoring his situation at Leeds and are ready to test the resolve of the Yorkshire club to keep Clarke with big money offers by making formal moves after tonight’s league match against Derby County.
In other Leeds United transfer news, it can be revealed the club have opened preliminary talks to sign the leader scorer of the league leaders.