Report: Tottenham Hotspur scout Manchester United-linked star

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly sent scouts to watch SC Braga winger Rafa Silva.

Spurs have slowly been rebuilding their squad under Mauricio Pochettino, and they have now been linked to another young star of the future.

21-year-old Portuguese international winger Rafa Silva has become hot property in European football, with a host of teams in the Premier League reportedly looking to prise him away from his homeland. Southampton were linked in the January transfer window, as per the Mirror, before Everton and Liverpool showed an interest, according to O Jogo.

None of those three teams followed up their interest with a formal offer, with his €25 million release clause - as revealed in the latter report - said to be scaring off interested parties.

A Bola claimed that Manchester United were the most recent team to scout the thrice-capped international, and have been tracking his progress, which has somewhat stalled recently. Despite scoring four goals and registering four assists in 29 games this term, Silva has created just one goal in the last nine games, making it look as if the interest in him has affected his form.

There have been no hints that United are preparing an offer for the winger, and now another team has moved to the front of the queue in the hunt for the man dubbed the ‘Portuguese Eden Hazard’ by the native press.

Sport Witness collates reports from both O Jogo and A Bola which claim that Tottenham Hotspur had scouts present at the Primeira Liga fixture between Braga and Rio Ave to watch Silva, with Braga registering a 2-0 victory. It is unlikely that they would have been massively impressed by his performance, especially considering all the hype surrounding him, but there are still a few months to go before the end of the season for Silva to impress and start any potential transfer dealings.

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