EXCLUSIVE: Brighton, Brentford among clubs monitoring revitalised Scot

Ryan Gauld Vitoria v Farense February 2021

Brighton and Brentford are among several clubs monitoring the progress of Farense’s Scottish midfielder Ryan Gauld, TEAMtalk understands.

The 25-year-old emerged as one of the top young talents in world football while at Dundee as a starlet. He subsequently left for Portugal in 2014, signing for Sporting. However, his spell with the club did not work out as planned. He spent large parts of his time there out on loan spells.

As such, he moved across Portugal in the summer of 2019, joining Farense.

Gauld has never looked back since signing and TEAMtalk has now learned that clubs in England are thinking of bringing him back to these shores.

Indeed, Brighton, Brentford, Sheffield United, Norwich, Blackburn and Swansea all have an interest.

They have therefore asked to be kept abreast of developments to his situation.

In making the move across Portugal in 2019, Gauld also dropped down a division to the second tier.

He subsequently flourished in his debut season, scoring nine goals and assisting three others in 21 league games to help Farense to promotion.

This term, meanwhile, he has finally found his footing in the first tier, directly contributing to 14 goals in all competitions.

Furthermore, he has also captained Farense on seven occasions.

Little risk with Gauld transfer

Ryan Gauld Belenenses v Farense October 2020

Gauld is out of contract at Farense this summer and so his potential transfer to England will be one of little risk for the buying club.

What’s more, TEAMtalk understands that he feels keen to try his luck in England.

However, he could yet switch continents, with David Beckham’s Inter Miami among a number of Major Soccer League teams expressing an interest.

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Gauld spent the first two seasons following his move to Sporting in the club’s B team.

From there, though, he failed to properly make the step up and only played five times for the senior side.

Instead, he joined Vitoria Setubal, Desportivo Aves and Farense on loan. He also moved back to Scotland in January 2019, with Hibernian.

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