By Joel Lampkin
— Tranmere Talk (@TranmereTalk) January 17, 2018
The persistent interest surrounding 19-year-old Eddie Clarke may serve as yet another blow to the injured horse of Tranmere Rovers.
Since being relegated into the National League two seasons ago, The Super Whites have yet to pick themselves up and dust themselves off.
With promotion nowhere near secured, Rovers run the risk of facing another year of football outside of the National League and this may be reason enough for youngsters to jump ship.
Clarke is viewed as one of the brightest young talents at Prenton Park and the presence of Wigan Athletic and their interest may be a prospect too big to turn down.
With the (almost] guaranteed promotion to the Championship next season, as pointed out by Josh Roberts on the TranmereTalk podcast, if the youngster was to impress in spells in the second highest tier in English Football, a Premier League move would not be unthinkable.
However, before Rovers fans are sent into a panic over players’ departing, it is important to note how no confirmed transfer or interest has been addressed by official Tranmere sources.
The full-back who has made 10 appearances so far in this campaign was first rumoured to be on his way out by Richard Garnett of the Wirral Globe who claimed his ‘sources’ tell him a deal is imminent.
— Richard Garnett 🇬🇧 (@garnster) January 17, 2018
Although, his comments were refuted by Liverpool Echo reporter Matthew Jones who claimed that although a bid has been made nothing has been confirmed yet; meaning the ball remains in Tranmere’s court.
Here’s the Eddie Clarke situation as I understand it:
Wigan are interested and have made one bid
Move could well happen this month and would include a loan back option with add ons
But crucially, at this moment in time, no fee has been agreed. Any transfer is not imminent #TRFC
— Matthew Jones (@mattjones_sport) January 17, 2018
While the negativity of the transfer window may threaten to overshadow Tranmere’s current successful run, there are a number of positives that could result from a player leaving.
Clarke’s potential departure should serve as motivation for the next crop of youth set to make their name on Birkenhead, but in meantime, Clarke remains a member of the Super White Army.