Vitesse left back Max Clark could be an astute summer signing for Newcastle. We’ve not heard of any links to the player, but he meets our transfer policy and is English to boot.
The 24-year-old will have just one year remaining on his contract this summer. Steve Bruce will know all about him since he is a Hull Academy product though he didn’t make his senior debut until after Bruce had left.
Clark broke into the Hull first team in the 2017-18 season, making 27 appearances in the Championship. However, he rejected their contract offer and joined Vitesse as a free agent the following season. Vitesse paid a compensation fee of £400k for him.
That scenario sounds awfully familiar to the one Newcastle face with Matty Longstaff.
Max Clark– English left-back playing in the Netherlands
Clark has shone in the Eredivisie for Vitesse over the past two seasons. This season he’s come to the attention of Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and England’s Gareth Southgate.
The defender was reportedly a January target for Premier League leaders Liverpool as cover for Andrew Robertson, another ex-Hull City player. However, that move never came to fruition.
Clark reached the U17 level for England, last playing in 2012. Recent reports claim that Gareth Southgate has been keeping tabs on the left back.
Max Clark would not cost much money and could be a decent acquisition this summer. He can also play defensive midfield and would count as a homegrown member of the squad.
Clark is a modern fullback who is solid defensively but can also get down the flank and deliver crosses into the box. He only just turned 24 in January, so he has his prime years in front of him.