Reported Derby County target Jack Clarke could face the Rams this week as Queens Park Rangers host Phillip Cocu’s side at the KPF stadium.

Derby have long been linked with a move for the young Tottenham Hotspur winger.

Clarke came through the ranks at Leeds United last season. His form in limited first team appearances prompted Spurs to sign him for £10 million last summer.

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As part of the deal, the 19-year-old returned to Elland Road on a season-long loan.

But Clarke struggled for game-time at Leeds this season. Tottenham brought him back in January plotting another loan, prompting a scramble for his signature in January.

According to Football Insider, Derby, Nottingham Forest, Millwall, Middlesbrough and Fulham were all rivalling QPR for him. The Hoops, however, won the race.

Clarke is blessed with rapid pace, trickery and a directness to scare fullbacks.

 

Derby’s Max Lowe suffered a torrid time against him in the 2-0 defeat at Elland Road 13 months ago, with Clarke having a big hand in the second Leeds goal.

But since moving to QPR, he has struggled to feature for Mark Warburton’s side. He has made three substitute appearances, totalling 48 minutes of action.

Clarke will be hoping for a bigger impact against Derby on Tuesday evening.

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QPR will know that a victory against Phillip Cocu’s side will see the Hoops overtake the Rams in the Championship table and potentially into the top half.

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