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Hammers Back in the Hunt for Clarke: Contract Stalemate

Hammers Back in the Hunt for Moyes top boy 

West Ham United’s interest in young winger Jack Clarke has been sparked once again following the collapse of his contract renewal talks with Sunderland. Labelled ‘the next Jarrod Bowen’ David Moyes was understood to be incredibly keen on the former Spurs player.

During the January transfer window, West Ham were on the hunt for attacking reinforcements, eyeing players like Clarke, Jota, and Ibrahim Osman. Quite rightly, our focus was on finding a left-sided forward to fill the shoes of the departing Said Benrahma and Pablo Fornals. However, their efforts only resulted in securing a loan deal for midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

Hammers Back in the Hunt for Moyes top boy Jack Clarke

Hammers Back in the Hunt for Moyes top boy Jack Clarke

Clarke emerged as West Ham’s top target during the window, but negotiations hit a roadblock as Sunderland, fighting for promotion, were reluctant to part ways with a key player mid-season.

According to The i’s Mark Douglas, Sunderland’s recent failed attempt to extend Clarke’s contract due to wage structure constraints has put West Ham and other suitors back in the running for his signature.

Why Clarke Fits the West Ham Mold:

Promising Talent: At just 23, Clarke offers plenty of room for growth, aligning with West Ham’s strategy of recruiting players with potential.
Homegrown Talent: Clarke meets the Premier League’s homegrown player requirements, adding value to the squad.
Versatility: He can play across various positions in the attack, providing flexibility and addressing potential gaps in West Ham’s lineup.

With the possibility of Lucas Paqueta leaving in the summer, West Ham now has a fresh opportunity to secure Clarke’s services. His age, potential, homegrown status, and versatility make him an appealing prospect for the Hammers.

 

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