They claim that Clarke will be unveiled at the Amex in a £6million deal with TeamTalk stating Leeds are “unable to match Brighton’s bid”.
Leeds had been linked with a move for the £4m-rated centre-back back in April.
Clarke will replace Lewis Dunk at Brighton, with Dunk now set to complete a £30million summer move to Leicester.
This doesn’t come as a surprise. Clarke was linked with a move to Leeds while Marcelo Bielsa’s side was still in contention for promotion. Since then, their summer transfer plans have been scaled back and they will focus on loans from the Premier League. That’s not a bad thing but they’ll need to do better in the loan market than they did last season. Clarke would have been a great addition and Brighton obviously have high hopes for him, seeing him as a replacement for Lewis Dunk. The 22-year-old played 60 games for Portsmouth last season and will now make a huge step up from League One to the Premier League. The focus for Leeds now is for attackers though, with lack of goals proving the ultimate hurdle towards the end of last season. It’s said that Bielsa wants three new wingers as he prepares for his second attempt on the Championship.