West Ham were today linked with a loan move for Tottenham winger Jack Clarke (Daily Express).
The 18-year-old joined Spurs from Leeds United in the summer for around £10 million (BBC Sport) but he was loaned immediately back to the Championship side.
He has failed to rack up a Championship appearance for Leeds this season, however. And the Daily Express claims that Mauricio Pochettino could recall Clarke and loan him out again, in an effort to get him more regular action.
The Express name West Ham as one of three teams interested in Clarke.
Do the Hammers actually need the Spurs winger, however?
The simple answer to that question is no.
It would be different if they were signing him on a permanent basis with one eye on the future. He quite simply is not needed on loan this season, however.
West Ham have plenty of attacking players currently vying for spots.
Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko, Robert Snodgrass, Manuel Lanzini, Pablo Fornals and even young Nathan Holland are all options for Manuel Pellegrini in the wide attacking department.
It is hard to envisage a scenario where Clarke would be a regular starter at West Ham.
So there would be little sense in him moving to the London Stadium for the remainder of the campaign.
There might be other Premier league clubs who would benefit from bringing Clarke in on a short-term basis.
West Ham don’t need the Spurs-owned winger, however.