It’s been a memorable transfer window for plenty of clubs, but none more than Tottenham Hotspur.
The north London side went into the summer period with a real point to prove following a disappointing 12 months for the club.
After the high of a Champions League final Spurs faced a season of lows that saw them fail to finish in the top four.
While Jose Mourinho was able to salvage a top six finish there was little doubt that the club needed to make stark improvements this time around.
Based on their transfer business it seems that a much better season could be on the cards.
Early deals to sign Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty from their Premier League rivals got things off to a good start, but then Tottenham really upped their game.
A spectacular double deal to sign Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid was followed up by a move to bring in Carlos Vinicius from Benfica.
All that was left to do was sign a defender – something that the club managed in the final knockings of the transfer window by signing Joe Rodon from Swansea City.
But while the focus was on incomings, there was also an eye on potential outgoings.
Cameron Carter-Vickers was among those to leave the club on loan, while there was also plenty of interest in another young star.
Football Insider reported that Tottenham knocked back a number of late approaches for Jack Clarke.
The former Leeds United starlet attracted plenty of attention from Championship clubs who were keen to take him on loan for the season.
Birmingham City were one of those who were keen, but the decision was made to keep him in Jose Mourinho’s side until January at least.
GIVEMESPORT’S Phil Spencer says…
This is a very interesting development at Tottenham Hotspur.
There’s no doubt that Jack Clarke is one for the future but as of yet he’s struggled to live up to the hype that followed him after leaving Leeds United.
A disappointing loan spell with QPR followed last term, but it seems that Clarke still has a point to prove.
Moving on loan to a club in the Championship seems like the best option for the young winger, but it seems that Jose Mourinho has different ideas.
With such an intense run of fixtures on the horizon it seems that Clarke could be ready for an opportunity to feature for Tottenham’s first team.
Whether this will give him the amount of gametime required to develop, I’m not sure, but it certainly seems that an opportunity is on the way.
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