Leeds United turned down the opportunity to sign Marcus Edwards from Tottenham this summer, according to Football Insider.
Edwards secured a permanent move away from Spurs just before the European transfer deadline, joining Portuguese side Vitoria, and Daniel Levy reportedly secured a 50% sell-on clause.
But Edwards was almost included as part of the deal that saw Jack Clarke leave Leeds for Tottenham. The Londoners ended up paying £10 million for Clarke and loaning him back to Elland Road, but Football Insider believes the transfer was almost structured very different.
Their report claims Spurs offered Edwards as part of the Clarke proposal, but Leeds rejected the idea as they wanted a straight-cash deal for the teenager. On top of that, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa was eyeing other forwards.
Meanwhile, Clarke continues to struggle for game time at Leeds having not featured in the Championship at all this season. It is believed the EFL’s loan rules are preventing him from having a run in the team – clubs are only allowed five loan players in the matchday squad.
Regardless of that problem, Clarke is likely to have a big future at Tottenham while Edwards’ chances of making an impact under Mauricio Pochettino are now over.
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