Quaresma race on?

Last updated : 01 April 2003 By Martyn Elliott

The Sporting Lisbon youngster was the star of his country’s 4-2 win over England Under-21s on Friday, apparently re-igniting the interest of Sir Bobby and Sir Alex Ferguson.

However such is the potential of the youngster we will also face competition from the major Spanish and Italian clubs, although Sir Bobby hope the presence of Hugo Viana at St James’ Park will help clinch the deal.

However the forward told the BBC that he knew nothing about a potential summer transfer.

"No discussions have taken place yet and it is difficult for me to talk about my club situation while I am playing for my country," he said.

Quaresma is valued at around £10million by Sporting Lisbon, but they will hope that competition for his signature will push the price up.