Stoke City will look to re-sign Jack Clarke on loan from Tottenham again next season, Football Insider understands.
The winger, 20, had established himself as a regular in Michael O’Neill’s second-tier side before his season was brought to an abrupt halt due to injury.
But a Stoke source has told Football Insider the club were sufficiently impressed by Clarke’s impact and progress they intend to take him back next season if a deal can be agreed with Tottenham.
That will depend upon the player’s rehabilitation and the plans Spurs have for him next season.
Football Insider broke the news on Friday (2nd April) morning that Clarke would miss the rest of the season and his Stoke loan would be terminated.
That was confirmed by O’Neill following his side’s 2-0 win at Bristol City later in the day.
He explained Clarke has suffered ankle ligament damage and is heading back to his parent club next week to begin his recovery.
It is a cruel blow for the youngster, who had been enjoying his most sustained spell of first-team football since breaking into the Leeds team two years ago.
His form at that time was enough to earn a move to Tottenham that will be worth £13million if all add-ons are triggered.
The winger has been a regular for O’Neill’s side with six starts among 14 Championship appearances in total.
Tottenham gave the green light for Clarke to head to Stoke after blocking a loan move for him in the last window.
Clarke has made three senior Spurs appearances, two in the Europa League and one in the FA Cup against Marine.