West Ham eye Sunderland’s Jack Clarke for attacking boost
Written by Spark on 10th January 2024
By Adam Bell
The East London side are reportedly interested in the North East’s marquee man in an attempt to bolster their squad.
West Ham are one of the Premier League clubs including Crystal Palace, Burnley and Brentford who are weighing up a move for the 23-year-old – according to the Evening Standard.
Premier League return on the cards?
The York-born winger had an unsuccessful stint prior at London giant Tottenham Hotspur following a move from Leeds United. During this time, he made zero appearances in the Premier League and made two appearances in the Europa League.
Along with this, he was sent out on loan to Championship outlets Stoke City and QPR never really finding his feet to get back into his form at Leeds United.
In January 2022, he joined Sunderland who were in League 1 at the time hoping to reclaim his confidence and form. After a successful loan stint, he was signed to the newly promoted side in July 2022 ready for the upcoming Championship season.
Reigniting his form in red and white
The winger has been Sunderland’s most superior attacking outlet so far this season. He has registered a staggering 12 goals thus far, allowing for there to be a glimmer of hope for a Premier League return for the Black Cats.
Additionally, during the last Championship campaign, he flourished with 12 goals and 9 assists helping the club finish 6th in their return back to the Championship.
Black Cats reluctant to sell?
Sunderland is understandably willing to keep the winger for the remaining part of the season, but a serious bid of a reported £20m could tempt them into a deal. The winger is also under contract till summer 2026, meaning that there is no pressure to let him go.
Injuries for Lucas Paqueta, Jarrod Bowen and the participation of Mohammed Kudus and Michail Antonio at the Africa Cup of Nations have left the Hammers limited to attacking options.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace, are without Frenchman Michael Olise due to a hamstring injury and have been lacking a real threat in front of goal throughout this Premier League campaign.
Brentford, sit mid-table on the other hand have lost 7 out of their last 8 matches in the Premier League. They are in the market to add to their attacking outlets following injury Bryan Mbuemo and Kevin Schade, with Yoanne Wissa also competing in the Africa Cup of Nations.
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