Jack Clarke's return to Tottenham Hotspur confirmed, Leeds United chief reveals attempts to convince Arsenal and Eddie Nketiah he should stay

Jack Clarke's return to Tottenham Hotspur has been confirmed by Leeds United, who are now working to convince Arsenal and Eddie Nketiah that he should remain at Elland Road.

Thursday, 26th December 2019, 2:07 pm
Updated Thursday, 26th December 2019, 2:08 pm

Chief executive Angus Kinnear revealed in his programme notes for today's game against Preston North End that Clarke is to be recalled by Spurs.

"We thank Jack Clarke for his services and wish him the best of luck in his career as Spurs have confirmed, due to lack of playing time, he will be recalled in the January window," said Kinnear.

Clarke was sold to Spurs in the summer and immediately loaned back to the Whites, but has had only 19 minutes of Championship playing time this season under Marcelo Bielsa.

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Leeds have already turned to Jordan Stevens to fill the supporting role played by Clarke in the squad.

Another loanee linked heavily with a move back to his London club in January is Nketiah.

The striker, whose season was disrupted by a mysterious abdominal injury, is yet to start a league game for Leeds, but still has five goals from cameo appearances and cup games.

Kinnear says Leeds are doing what they can to persuade the 20-year-old to stay.

Eddie Nketiah could return to Arsenal in January but Leeds are hoping he will stay (Pic: Getty)

"I appreciate much speculation still surrounds the immediate future of Eddie Nketiah and although Arsenal have the right to recall him in January, we still believe he can make a huge impact over the remainder of the season at Leeds United," said the chief executive.

"Accordingly, we are endeavouring to convince Eddie and the technical team at Arsenal that the coaching environment and profile of the playing opportunity at Thorp Arch and Elland Road is still the best choice for his long-term development."

The Whites have been making contingency plans for Nketiah's potential departure and would look to bring a striker in on loan should Arsenal recall their forward.