Ipswich Town transfer rumours: Blues in line for £800k boost if Clarke signs for Leeds United

Ex-Ipswich Town defender Matt Clarke, right, has been in fine form for Portsmouth this season, spark

Ex-Ipswich Town defender Matt Clarke, right, has been in fine form for Portsmouth this season, sparking interest from Leeds and Stoke. Picture: PORTSMOUTH NEWS - Credit: Bluepitch Media / Joe Pepler

Ipswich Town could be in line for a windfall of almost £1m if ex-defender Matt Clarke signs for Leeds United in a £4m move this summer, it has been reported.

Centre-back Clarke has been outstanding for Portsmouth this season, playing in all 39 of Pompey’s League One clashes.

And that form has big-spending Leeds and Stoke City interested in the Town youth product, with both said to be mulling £4m summer moves for him in a report in The Times.

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If that happens, the soon-to-be relegated Blues would get a significant cash boost ahead of their first campaign in League One, having apparently included a 20% sell-on clause in the deal which saw Clarke depart Portman Road for Pompey in 2016, Adam Webster coming the other way.

So, if Clarke does indeed go for £4m, Town would benefit to the tune of £800,000.

Portsmouth, who lifted the EFL Trophy on penalties against Sunderland in front of 84,000 fans at Wembley last weekend, are currently in the promotion shake-up in League One, sitting in third spot, five points off second place.

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Town, of course, are staring relegation to the third tier in the face, rock bottom of the Championship, 13 points from safety with just 7 games left and 21 points to play for.

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