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West Ham, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Fulham are said to have joined the race to sign former Tottenham player Marcus Edwards.
Edwards, who joined the Spurs academy at age eight, left the North London club for Portuguese Vitoria Guimaraes in 2019 after failing to establish himself in the first team setup.
Before making the permanent move to Portugal, Edwards also spent time on loan with championship club Norwich City before going on loan to Dutch Excelsior.
The 22-year-old enjoyed a stellar first season in the Primeira Liga with Vitoria, scoring nine goals and six assists in his 36 appearances in all competitions, and the youngster’s good form has not gone unnoticed, with all a host Premier League teams registering an interest.
TEAMtalk I understand that West Ham, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Fulham are interested in acquiring the services of the former Spurs player, although the interest does not stop there.
Several championship clubs are also controlling Edwards, including Brentford, Bournemouth and Swansea, while Porto and Sporting CP are also interested.
As for Edwards’s stance on his future, the youngster is in no rush to leave Vitoria after signing a four-year deal last year, meaning his current contract doesn’t expire until the summer of 2023.
Having risen through the ranks at Spurs, Edwards was promoted to the Under-23 squad in 2016, and just two months later made his first-team debut in a League Cup match against Gillingham. He was soon compared to Lionel Messi by Mauricio Pochettino, something the Argentine later admitted he regrets.
That draw would ultimately prove to be Edwards’ only appearance at Tottenham, with Pochettino allowing the youngster to go on loan in pursuit of first-team football before his permanent departure from the club in 2019.