Tottenham Hotspur made contact with Sporting Lisbon regarding their former player Marcus Edwards, but have not followed up on their initial interest, according to a report by the Evening Standard.
Edwards began his career with Tottenham, making his way through the academy setup and made just one senior appearance during his time in north London (Transfermarkt).
Edwards left north London to join Vitoria Guimaraes in 2019 and later moved to Sporting Lisbon in January of last year. The 24-year-old has 12 goals and 12 assists in 40 games for the Portuguese giants.
His development has caught the eye of his former club, particularly in his performances in the Champions League this season, where he featured against Tottenham on two occasions during the group stage and found the back of the net at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The Daily Mail reported last week that Spurs were eyeing a double swoop for the Sporting Lisbon pair, with both Pedro Porro and Edwards the subject of interest from the Premier league outfit.
It is believed Edwards has a release clause of around £52 million, but Spurs would only have to pay half of that due to a 50% sell-on clause in the deal that saw him leave the club over three years ago (Telegraph).
The latest from the Evening Standard suggests that, while Spurs did make contact with Sporting previously, there has been no continuation of those discussions regarding Edwards.
According to the report, Edwards is looking likely to remain in Portugal beyond the current window and is expected to decide his future in the summer.
Spurs Web Opinion
Marcus Edwards is a real talent and I feel like he would be a good addition to our attacking options. The fact we can sign him for roughly £26 million makes it a no-brainer for me, so we should really be getting this deal over the line along with his teammate, Pedro Porro.
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