EXCLUSIVE

Noel Whelan has claimed he would “bite the hand off” any club offering £20million this summer for Leeds United sensation Jack Clarke.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker claimed such a sum would be too much to turn down for a player whose more realistic value is “around £10-12million”.

Football Insider broke the news last week that Tottenham are preparing a move to sign Clarke, 18, for around £10m. and there have been discussions among the Leeds hierarchy about the viability of selling him in a deal that would see him return to Elland Road next season on loan.

It was reported at the weekend by the Mirror that Leeds and their owner Andrea Radrizzani are holding out for £20million for their home-grown teenage star.

“If someone offered £20million for Jack Clarke right now, I’d take it,” lifelong Leeds fan Whelan told Football Insider. “I’d bite their hand off if I was Radrizzani.

“That would mean you could keep Kalvin Phillips and some of the other players. It would take the problem away from Radrizzani in terms of investment. 

“£20million is a lot of money for someone who has hardly played. I would think around £10-12million is about right now for a young man with the potential to be a great player.

“At times he struggled in the Championship and there are plenty of things he needs to do to improve.”

Clarke burst onto the scene last autumn when he made his Leeds senior bow aged 17 and lit up the Championship with a series of sparkling cameos, mainly as a substitute.

United fended off bids rising to around £5million for the teenager in January but his progress was interrupted by a mystery virus he suffered in a draw at Middlesbrough in early February.

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