By Wayne Veysey

29th Sep, 2020 | 4:51pm

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Leeds United have extended their search for a new winger by setting their sights on ex-Tottenham wonderkid Marcus Edwards, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

Marcelo Bielsa has made it a priority to add another wide attacker to his United squad by next Monday’s transfer deadline.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Edwards, 21, has been shortlisted in the latest twist to the club’s recruitment plans.

This site revealed earlier today that Leeds’ hopes of landing top target Daniel James from Man United have all but evaporated.

The Yorkshire club have been in regular contact with the 20-times champions over a potential deal but the player wants to stay and fight for his place at the Premier League giants.

There are also major doubts over the pursuit of Ryan Kent, who has a £20million release clause in his Rangers contract.

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It means Leeds may have to drop further down their original target list for reinforcements.

Edwards has revived his career in Portugal at Vitoria Guimaraes after leaving boyhood club Spurs last year.

The left-footed attacker had been hailed in his teens as a future great by Mauricio Pochettino, who compared him to Lionel Messi on the eve of his Tottenham debut.

But Edwards made only a single Spurs appearance before dropping down the pecking order amid criticism of his attitude and professionalism.

Capped by England at Under-20 level, he had a fine season on loan at SBV Excelsior Rotterdam in the Dutch Eredivise 2018-19.

He then showed signs of living up to his billing as a teenager while at Vitoria, with his 36 appearances last season yielding nine goals and nine assists.

In other news, there has been a huge new update on the Leeds United pursuit of Todd Cantwell.