EXCLUSIVE By Wayne Veysey
Leeds United are stalling on offering young star Jack Clarke a new contract amid interest from a number of Premier League clubs in the attacker, Football Insider sources understands.
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 last November when he turned 17.
The skilful winger was on the fringes of the first-team last season, but he has made his big breakthrough this season under Marcelo Bielsa making five appearances in the side.
Clarke has come off the bench at half-time in the last two games against Reading and Sheffield United, playing a key role in Pablo Hernandez’s late winner at Bramall Lane last weekend.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider source that Clarke’s representatives were keen to sit down and discuss fresh terms for the player as reward for his progress into breaking into the first-team this season.
However, the source said Leeds have so far failed to plan any talks over a new deal in a “bizarre impasse”, running the risk of losing the rising star while alerting a number of Clarke’s Premier League suitors.
Manchester City are long-term admirers of the talented teenager and could test Leeds’ resolve to hang onto their prize asset in January or the summer if no new contract is sorted at Elland Road.
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