Costa Rica’s World Cup starlet drawing Premier League interest

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Yeltsin Tejeda has draw interest from a number of Premier League and Championship clubs following his World Cup performance.

Despite only having played one game, Costa Rica have impressed viewers at the World Cup, defeating a highly fancied Uruguay side 3-1 in the opening match of Group D.

Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell drew much of the praise, scoring and assisting a goal in a man-of-the-match performance, but it was a team effort, and interest peaked in his 22-year old midfield teammate Yeltsin Tejeda.

Sky Sports are reporting that a host of English clubs are interested in the young midfielder, with Sunderland, Everton, Derby County, Brighton & Hove Albion and Fulham all scouting his progress for the duration of the tournament in Brazil.

In the victory over Uruguay, Tejeda put in a strong defensive performance for the 75 minutes he featured in, recording two clearances and blocking one shot.

Matches with Italy and England are to follow, and, with them likely to be harder than the opening game, Tejeda could really prove his worth to any potential suitors through a series of impressive performances.

The midfielder currently plays for Costa Rican champions Saprissa, and his UK representative Mike Williams revealed that interest has been mounting for a while, with offers tabled from Belgium and the MLS, and recorded interest from Spain, as well as England.

Williams said: “We already have a good level of interest in Yeltsin, both here in the UK and also from Belgium and Spain.

"There were offers from Belgium in January and we also turned down offers from Vancouver Whitecaps in the MLS earlier this year.

"So given his very good performance in the match against Uruguay (and with games against Italy and England still to come), I am confident he will enhance his growing reputation further during the World Cup."

The World Cup is known to be a hotbed of talent, and clubs regularly use it as a way to scout previously unseen talent.

With the number of clubs chasing Tejeda, there is a strong likelihood that a move to Europe is just around the corner. If he can impress in the upcoming games, then he may just capture the attention of one of the giants of European football.

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