Sunderland is reportedly willing to hold out for a sum exceeding £15 million for their star player, Jack Clarke. Football Insider has indicated that both Brentford and Burnley have expressed interest in the player. Clarke had attracted Premier League attention over the summer, notably from Burnley, though a transfer did not materialize for the former Tottenham player, who has had a strong start to this season.
The 22-year-old has scored seven goals in his first 11 Championship appearances of the season, prompting speculation that Brentford might consider a £15 million bid in the upcoming January transfer window, as revealed by Alan Nixon. Football Insider also noted that Burnley remains interested in Clarke for the winter window.
The report further states that Sunderland believes they are in a strong position to demand a substantial fee for Clarke, aiming to generate a significant profit on a player they initially acquired for less than £1 million.
Despite a recent 4-0 loss at home to Middlesbrough, Sunderland remains in fourth place in the Championship standings as the Christmas and New Year period approaches.
The January transfer window is likely to have a significant impact on Sunderland’s season. They are strong contenders for a top-six finish this season, and their decisions on player acquisitions and sales during the window could play a vital role in their promotion aspirations. This presents the club with a challenging dilemma: they would like Clarke to help propel them to the Premier League, but if a substantial offer materializes, it may be unwise to decline it.
In the Championship, clubs often find themselves in a position where they must continually buy and sell players to turn a profit, and Clarke’s potential transfer could yield a substantial financial return. The recent update from Football Insider suggests that Sunderland is open to offers, provided they meet the right price.