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EXCLUSIVE: West Ham among plethora of suitors for ex-Tottenham talent

West Ham are among a host of clubs from England and Portugal keeping an eye on former Tottenham talent Marcus Edwards, TEAMtalk understands.

The 22-year-old winger left Spurs for Vitoria Guiamares last September after struggling for game time in north London.

Indeed, his permanent exit came after a loan spell in 2018/19 with Excelsior in the Netherlands. But while his form did not convince Tottenham to keep him at the club, he has shown sparkling form since.

In his first season in Portugal, the Englishman netted nine goals and assisted six others in 36 appearances. This term, meanwhile, he has continued to flourish and is pushing Vitoria up the top-flight table.

As such, TEAMtalk understands that there are several clubs considering bringing him back to England.

West Ham are among them, with Crystal Palace, Southampton and Fulham also keen from the Premier League.

But he also has potential suitors in the Championship. Brentford, Bournemouth and Swansea have all shown interest.

What’s more, his form in Portugal has attracted the attention of fellow Liga NOS clubs Porto and Sporting.

 

 

As for Edwards’ stance on his future, his contract with Vitoria runs out in the summer of 2023. As such, he is neither in a hurry to leave – nor to leave for England.

Edwards rose through Spurs’ youth ranks and earned a promotion to the club’s Under-23s in July 2016.

Two months later, he made his first-team debut in a Carabao Cup tie with Gillingham, playing 15 minutes.

But that would turn out to be his only appearance under former boss Mauricio Pochettino. He then signed up to a loan with Norwich in January 2018, which was followed by his move to Excelsior.

EXCLUSIVE: Man Utd star ready to leave

Meanwhile, TEAMtalk understands that Jesse Lingard is ready to ask to leave Manchester United in January.

That is if the Red Devils do not exercise the one-year extension in the Englishman’s contract.

Lingard has found himself all-but frozen out of boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans this season.

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