By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Tottenham wonderkid Marcus Edwards, according to a report.

The Sun claim the Spanish giants always have their eye on White Hart Lane talents and the 17-year-old playmaker is the latest to come to their attention.

It is said that only a club of Real’s magnitude could have hope of poaching Edwards at this stage in his development.

Edwards, who made his senior debut in Tottenham’s 5-0 League Cup hammering of third tier Gillingham last month, has a burgeoning reputation.

He has impressed in Spurs’ youth set-up in recent years as well as dazzling during pre-season for the senior team.

The left-footed playmaker was hailed as a future great in the build-up to the League Cup win by manager Mauricio Pochettino, who compared his style of play to Lionel Messi.

The Sun report that Edwards has always been earmarked for greatness, although coaches very early on in his career were worried about signing him as he was so small for his age.

Edwards played for Tottenham in their 2-1 Premier League 2 defeat to Manchester City on Friday night.

But the teenager was unable to swing the match in his team’s favour in his sixth appearance this season for the club in Premier League 2, which is a development competition for leading players aged 23 and under.

City gained a modicum of revenge for their senior side’s 2-0 defeat to Spurs earlier this month, with the victory away from home.

Tottenham dominated for much of the match but had only a consolation penalty from substitute Shayon Harrison to show for their efforts.

Edwards, who played the full 90 minutes of the encounter, was unable to add to the three goals and two assists he has accumulated in Premier League 2 this season.

In other Tottenham transfer news, a report details the latest twist in Spurs’ pursuit of a Spain international.