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Owls miss out on £10m loan target Jack Clarke as Stoke City reportedly seal deal

According to the BBC, Stoke City have signed reported Sheffield Wednesday target Jack Clarke on loan from Tottenham Hotspur until the end of the season.

The former Leeds United winger joined Spurs in 2019 for a £10 million fee.

But a lack of playing time in north London has prompted calls for a loan back to the Championship and several clubs were reportedly showing an interest.

A report by Football Insider two weeks ago cited Wednesday and Stoke as strong suitors.

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The Owls have been desperate to add attacking quality to their squad this month as the Yorkshire club look to preserve their Championship status come the end of the season.

Wednesday’s main problem this season has been scoring goals. While a new striker is a top priority, adding pace and creativity in wide areas will also be high on the agenda.

Their reported intentions to sign Clarke, however, have ended in disappointment. Championship rivals Stoke have won the race for his signature.

“Jack is an exciting young wide player who will bring an added dimension to our resources for the remainder of the season,” said Stoke manager Michael O’Neill.

The Potters have enjoyed a solid first-half to the campaign. With extra fire-power in the final third, O’Neill’s side will fancy their chances of breaking into the top six.

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Wednesday, meanwhile, must now focus their attentions elsewhere. Former Aston Villa man Andre Green has arrived on a free transfer, but they are still light in the final third.

On the new manager front, the Owls are still seemingly evaluating their options.

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