Former Leeds United striker and BBC pundit Noel Whelan has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur are in “constant talks” with the Whites over talented youngster Jack Clarke.

The 18-year-old was brought into the first-team fold at Elland Road last season and made 22 appearances as the West Yorkshire side missed out on promotion after being beaten in the play-offs by Derby County.

Clarke, who was largely used as a substitute, made an impact during the campaign after coming off the Leeds bench and scored twice and registered two assists in the white shirt.

Spurs have seemingly been a long-term admirer of the Leeds academy product and former striker Whelan believes that the two clubs are negotiations over a £20 million deal for the York-born attacker.

“It’s probably the reason for the lack of transfer activity from Leeds so far,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Do they have to sell before they buy?

“There is obviously interest in Jack Clarke from Tottenham. The clubs are in constant talks over a deal and talking to each regularly about how a deal could be structured.

“Leeds want £20million for him, which, even in this market, is a lot of money for someone with talent, but who has a long way to go.”

There could be some truth to Whelan’s words given that back in May Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani claimed the Whites will not be lavishly spending this summer and instead will be relying on the club’s academy players.

Midfielder Kalvin Phillips has also been linked with a move away from Elland Road with newly-promoted Aston Villa keen and were prepared to offer £14m.

To lose two highly-rated players this summer would be a blow for Leeds but any money raised through player sales would go back to head coach Marcelo Bielsa to reinvest in the squad.

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