By Wayne Veysey
Leeds United knocked back the chance to sign Marcus Edwards from Tottenham during the summer window, Football Insider has learned.
The Yorkshire giants were told that Edwards, who was once compared to Lionel Messi by Mauricio Pochettino, was available in possible part-exchange for Jack Clarke.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Marcelo Bielsa rejected Spurs’ offer as he had set his sights on alternative forwards and the club wanted a straight-cash deal for Clarke.
The 18-year-old subsequently signed for the Premier League giants for £9.5million rising to a potential £12million, although he was immediately loaned back to Elland Road for the season.
Edwards was the subject of strong interest from English Championship clubs this summer, including Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough.
But he quit his boyhood club on the European deadline day on Monday to join Portugese club Vitoria SC on a permanent transfer for a six-figure fee.
Edwards, 20, made only one appearance for the Spurs senior side after graduating from their academy ranks, but he is regarded as a hugely talented attacker with unusual creative gifts.
The youngster has been criticised for attitude and behavioural issues by Pochettino but made a sound impression while on loan in Holland last season.
Leeds signed three attackers during the summer window, Helder Costa, Eddie Nketiah and Jack Harrison, each of them on loan, while Clarke also returned to the club for the campaign.