Stoke City are being put in the frame again to sign Tottenham winger Jack Clarke.
The 20-year-old has been on the fringes of things this season under Jose Mourinho, having returned from loan spells at Queens Park Rangers and former club Leeds United.
He has made two sub appearances in the Europa League and came off the bench in the FA Cup at Marine on Saturday. He has been tipped for a loan move this month.
Now Football Insider claims that Stoke are in ‘advanced talks’ to get a deal done.
There have been reports over the last couple of weeks that Championship clubs are queuing up for his signature, with Swansea, Coventry, Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough also being linked.
Neil Warnock, however, said: “I don’t want to be disrespectful to Jack, and I’m sure he’s a very good player, but I’ve not seen anything of him. The type I’m looking at are players who are probably going to come straight into the team and make a difference.”
Michael O’Neill has been clear that it will be tough to bring in signings this month, although he has since managed to bring in Rabbi Matondo from Schalke and Rhys Norrington-Davies from Sheffield United.
He said: “We’ve been working away and we’ve been working away for a considerable time to look at options.
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“It’s very, very difficult because there aren’t many players available. The Premier League will probably not loan as many players to the Championship as in previous years because of Covid and bigger squads.
“It is going to be a difficult task to improve what we have in the building but we have to make sure we do everything possible.”