Jack Clarke has struggled for opportunities this season at Spurs


Tottenham Hotspur forward Jack Clarke is set to join Stoke City on loan for the rest of the season as part of Michael O’Neill’s strengthening in the January transfer window.

O’Neill landed Rabbi Matondo from Schalke last week to bolster his attack and is the clear frontrunner for Clarke, who has been allowed to leave Spurs to get regular football during the second half of the campaign.

Four other Championship clubs have shown interest in Clarke, 20, but the Bet365 Stadium is understood to be his most likely destination, with Stoke chasing promotion back to the Premier League.

Clarke came off the bench at the weekend during the FA Cup win over Marine, adding to his two appearances in the Europa League. Jose Mourinho will allow him to move to the second tier to get senior matches under his belt.

Spurs bought Clarke as a teenager from Leeds United at the start of last season before loaning him back to Elland Road, although he did not play many games under Marcelo Bielsa in the Championship.

This season he has been around the first-team squad but has only featured three times, with no guarantee of more action despite Spurs fighting on multiple fronts.

Clarke was loaned to Queens Park Rangers last season and made mainly substitute appearances, with the hope that Stoke will provide more opportunities this time around. He had broken into Leeds’ team prior to joining Spurs and there is hope he can get back to playing regularly.

O’Neill brought in Wales forward Matondo on a six-month deal last week, with his team just outside the play-offs and looking for a push to get into the top six.

Spurs have offered a professional deal to Marques Muir but the 18-year-old has interest from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar.