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Brighton's Ferguson a future target for Man Utd and Spurs

Manchester United and Tottenham have earmarked Brighton's Evan Ferguson as a strong candidate to lead their line in the long-term and have laid down groundwork to pursue him next summer.

The 18-year-old signed a new contract at the Amex in April, which runs until 2028, to continue his development on the south coast.

It allowed Brighton to reward Ferguson for an outstanding breakthrough season in which he has scored 10 goals in all competitions, and also protect his value

Sky Sports News has been told Manchester United's academy director Nick Cox recently labelled the teenager a "£50m-plus mistake" after the club failed to secure him on youth terms during a trial, meaning they would have to fork out a substantial fee for him in the future.

Brighton believe if Ferguson continues his trajectory he can turn into a £100m player, a view echoed by at least two European sporting directors, one of whom likened the variety in the Republic of Ireland international's game to Harry Kane

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