The newspaper claims that Jose Mourinho’s side are interested in the 14-year-old, who is the son of former Magpies midfielder Lee Clark. Head coach Steve Bruce is said to regard Clark as the brightest prospect in the club’s academy.
The player’s personal preference is to remain with his hometown club, but his family have concerns over the infrastructure of the north east giants.
This is a really interesting situation, and one that Newcastle have to be careful doesn’t get out of hand. The Clark family obviously are worried that the academy set-up at Newcastle isn’t the best, which is something we’ve heard before, with former boss Rafael Benitez apparently wanting to upgrade the facilities throughout his time on Tyneside. Obviously Lee Clark knows the club well, and so if even he has concerns then they’re clearly well-founded. It certainly seems as if his son will have his pick of teams, and plenty of big ones as well. The Premier League’s heavyweights are in for him, and it might be difficult for him to say no. Having said that, the report states that Bobby’s preference is to remain where he is. That’s good news for Bruce, who clearly rates the teenager incredibly highly. He’s appeared for the club’s Under-18s at just 14 years of age, a record, which tells you all you need to know about how good he is. We’ll just have to keep monitoring this situation and see how it plays out.