Aston Villa defender Mitchell Clark is being watched by West Ham and Newcastle United.

According to the print edition of The Sunday Mirror, via HITC Sport, West Ham and Newcastle have watched Clark in action during his loan spell at Port Vale.

It is believed that both Premier League sides are weighing up a move for the defensive starlet.

Mitchell Clark

Aston Villa rate youngster Mitchell Clark very highly. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

Clark is considered to be one of Aston Villa’s top young prospects. And he is proving his worth while out on loan this season.

The 19-year-old has played 14 games for Port Vale already this term, establishing himself as a strong defender at League Two level.

Clark is a product of Aston Villa’s academy and he has played one match for their first-team.

Predominantly a right-back or centre-half, the Wales youth international is also comfortable at left-back.

 

How could he improve West Ham?

If Clark joined West Ham, he would probably have to bide his time before getting first-team action.

With Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena forming a strong central defensive partnership, it is unlikely that he would immediately break through.

At full-back, he may get more opportunities but still faces a battle to step up to top flight football.

But the talented teenager is highly rated by club and country and many hold high hopes for him.

It is believed that he has the potential to make it at Premier League level and West Ham could snap up a shrewd long-term deal with a swoop.

The Hammers face competition from Newcastle, though. And, of course, Aston Villa will be desperate to keep their homegrown wonder-kid.

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