Ex-Tottenham starlet Marcus Edwards ends West Ham’s hopes of a January transfer by renewing his contract at Portuguese club Vitoria de Guimaraes with a £45MILLION release clause
- Marcus Edwards has renewed his contract with Vitoria de Guimaraes in Portugal
- The former Tottenham man had been linked with a return to English football
- West Ham had been slated as frontrunners to make a move for him this month
- Edwards now has a £45m release clause inserted into his new contract terms
Former Tottenham starlet Marcus Edwards has put pen to paper on a new deal with Vitoria de Guimaraes, despite reports linking him with a January switch to West Ham.
The Hammers had been heavily linked with the in-demand forward, who has seen his stock rise greatly since swapping English football for Portugal.
London-born Edwards, 22, has signed a lucrative new deal which represents his standing as one of Vitoria’s top players, with the news being announced on Thursday evening.
Marcus Edwards has dispelled all talk of a West Ham move by signing a new contract
The youngster, seen in action against Arsenal, now has a £45m release clause in his contract
Edwards has signed a three-year extension with the club, keeping him contracted until 2024, with Vitoria confirming that the player has agreed to a £45million release clause.
A club statement read: ‘Edwards is serving the second season with Vitória SC, asserting himself as one of the most influential players on the team and one of the highlights of the Liga NOS, having even integrated the pre-selection for the best 11 of the season 2019/2020.
Edwards left Spurs a year ago after finding first team opportunities limited
‘The English under-20 international is also shielded by a €50m (£45m) termination clause.’
Reports in Portuguese publication OJogo had stated that Vitoria had been open to the possibility of allowing Edwards to leave, but only for a premium fee.
Edwards racked up an impressive nine goals and nine assists for Vitoria last season, in his first campaign with the club.