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Arsenal loanee recalled 1 year early

Arsenal loanee recalled 1 year early
Harry Clarke celebrates a goal for Hibernian FC (Photo via Hibs on Twitter)

A Stoke Sentinel report early on Friday afternoon claimed Stoke City were hoping to conclude a loan deal for Arsenal defender Harry Clarke.

Though Clarke agreed an 18-month loan to Hibernian in January, the deal contained break clauses allowing Arsenal to recall the centre-back in the summer or next January – if they wished to.

Hibs have since officially confirmed that Arsenal have activated their summer clause to bring Clarke back. Presumably, that means an alternative move (likely to Stoke) is already pretty far advanced.

Stoke boss Michael O’Neill was reportedly spotted scouting at Hibs last month, and Clarke put in a strong performance on the day.

Harry Clarke playing for Hibernian FC (Photo via Hibs on Twitter)
Harry Clarke playing for Hibernian FC (Photo via Hibs on Twitter)

Clarke had a good season overall, making 25 appearances, scoring four goals, and providing four assists.

It was a campaign disrupted by circumstances off the pitch, as the 21-year-old started off with Ross County, then was recalled and re-loaned to Hibs in January, before suffering a hamstring injury in training that saw him miss three months of action.

All the same, Clarke returned to fitness with a goal on his Hibs debut, and kept his place in the team until the end of the season.

Now it looks like he’ll get his chance in the Championship.

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Source: Daily Cannon.

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