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Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest were interested in Tottenham midfielder this summer

According to The Athletic (via Teesside Live), both Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest were interested in signing Tottenham Hotspur attacking midfielder Marcus Edwards during the last transfer window.

Edwards has since signed for Portuguese side Vitoria, but he was interesting the two Championship sides over the summer before moving to Portugal.

The 20-year old had also trained with Brentford earlier in the summer, but after a hamstring injury meant he had to withdraw and return to Tottenham, the move across London to Griffin Park was off.

After both Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough pulled out of a deal late on in the window, Spurs instead looked for options abroad with the transfer window opened later across Europe. Udinese and Vitoria were the clubs that came calling, with Edwards opting for the latter in a permanent deal.

Middlesbrough coaching duo Jonathan Woodgate (Manager) and Robbie Keane (Assistant Manager) both played together at Tottenham during their playing days, and have close links to the side from North London. They aimed to use their connections to secure a move for Edwards, but instead opted for other targets, securing a move for Marcus Browne from West Ham instead.

Nottingham Forest equally turned their attention to other wingers, signing Sammy Ameobi from Bolton Wanderers and Albert Adomah from Aston Villa, with both players arriving on a free.

Edwards made just one senior appearance for Spurs, and had mixed success during loan spells with Norwich at the start of last season, and Excelsior in the Netherlands soon after.

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