Tottenham's Marcus Edwards targeted by Bayer Leverkusen - sources

Tottenham youngster Marcus Edwards is a target for German side Bayer Leverkusen, sources close to both clubs have told ESPN FC.

Bayer Leverkusen have made enquiries about Edwards as Bundesliga clubs continue their recent trend of trying to sign young English players.

They have been keeping tabs on Edwards for some time and they are ready to offer him a quicker pathway to first-team football than at Spurs.

Tottenham would be reluctant to lose the 19-year-old having already seen young stars Keanan Bennetts and Reo Griffiths leave for Borussia Monchengladbach and Lyon respectively already this summer.

Edwards is regarded as one of the best young prospects in the country after coming through the ranks at Tottenham.

The skilful midfielder made his debut for Tottenham at the age of 17, but is yet to add to that sole appearance under Mauricio Pochettino despite being likened to Lionel Messi by the Spurs manager -- comments he says he regretted making.

Edwards was loaned out to Norwich City last season so that he could valuable first-team experience, but the deal was cut short.

Young English players joining German sides has become commonplace in the last year.

RB Leipzig signed Everton forward Ademola Lookman on loan during the January transfer window with the player impressing at the Under-20 World Cup with three goals, and Borussia Dortmund signed Jadon Sancho from Manchester City last summer after he was named player of the tournament at the European Under-17s Championship in May 2017.

West Ham's Reece Oxford moved to Borussia Monchengladbach on loan last summer and Kaylen Hinds left Arsenal for Wolfsburg.