Date: 11th June 2019 at 7:00am
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EXCLUSIVE

Noel Whelan has claimed Jack Clarke’s potential exit from Leeds United has stalled because the club have “overpriced him” at £20million.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker claimed he has heard that the Whites have slapped the enormous valuation on the 18-year-old winger amid Premier League club interest.

Football Insider revealed last month that Tottenham are preparing a move to sign Elland Road academy product after encouragement that he could be lured away with a bid in the region of £10m.

There is also interest in the rising star from Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Southampton, but Whelan is unconvinced any would be willing to pay a huge sum for such an unproven player.

“Leeds have overpriced the young man from what I hear,” he told Football Insider. “They want £20million for him and he’s not worth that. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

“£12million is a lot of money, but £20million is overpricing a player. You have to be sensible with a player’s valuation. He still has a long way to go.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’d love him to stay at Leeds and progress as a player, but we will see if that happens.”

Clarke emerged from the Leeds youth ranks to burst on to the first team scene last season and made a big impact with a series of dazzling performances, mainly as a winger.

United stalled on offering the teenager a new deal during the campaign and this has given encouragement to Premier League clubs he can be lured away this summer for the right price.

In other Leeds United news, Danny Mills has claimed the Whites have a “great chance” of signing Premier League player who “wants to play for Bielsa”.