Dharmesh Sheth has been speaking about West Ham’s links with the Sunderland talisman
Sunderland’s Jack Clarke has been involved in a barrage of transfer speculation for some time now so it is perhaps no surprise that the Black Cats side have started to show alarming signs of inconsistency of late.
Such matters were laid bare yet again at the Stadium of Light on Friday night, where Michael Beale’s side were defeated 1-0 by fellow play-off chasers Hull City, and despite dominating several metrics, the end result was met by a chorus of boos in the home quarters of the ground.
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Sky Sports pundit issues potential West Ham, Jack Clarke outcome
West Ham United’s performance has also been lacking lately. Following their FA Cup elimination at the hands of fellow Championship outfit Bristol City, David Moyes’ team played a disputed 2-2 draw against the bottom-of-the-PL club Sheffield United.
Football Insider reports that the Irons and former Sunderland manager is searching for ways to bolster his left side of midfield. The Scot is reportedly considering Clarke as a potential option, along with out-of-favor Leeds United player Wilfried Gnonto and former Tottenham winger Steven Bergwijn.
Speaking to GiveMeSport on Sunday afternoon, Sky Sports’ transfer specialist Dharmesh Sheth claims that developments between the East London side and Clarke could progress between now and the window’s closure on February 1st.
“It might be a case of West Ham United having areas that they want to strengthen regardless of injuries. I think the left-forward area may be an area that they could strengthen in this transfer window,” Sheth began.
“They have been linked with a number of players and looking at the likes of Jack Clarke, at Sunderland. That is just one to keep an eye on in the final two weeks of the window.
“After the midweek defeat to Bristol City, David Moyes was actually saying that he thinks they will be able to bring someone in during the rest of the transfer window, so that is one to keep an eye on for West Ham,” he concluded.
Current interest in Jack Clarke
It was revealed earlier in the January transfer window that West Ham had joined fellow Premier League clubs in Brentford and Crystal Palace among those who are keen admirers of the 23-year-old.
And as per Sheth’s aforementioned revelations, the interest has shown no sign of deteriorating despite the Black Cats’ stance – which is no offers will be entertained unless they are north of £20m.
If Clarke stays in red and white past the season’s close, Football Insider early in the window indicated that West Ham will pursue him in the summer if Sunderland are unable to return to the Premier League.
The winger’s present terms still correspond to the permanent deal he signed in the summer of 2022 after being promoted from League One, so it is not surprising that the Stadium of Light’s administration is making every effort to lock him down to a new contract.
The Sunderland Echo previously reported that talks between the respective parties are still ongoing, but some differences must be ironed out, which include the insertion of a buyout clause and wage demands, which are said to be higher from the viewpoint of Clarke’s representatives.