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Professional FIFA player Tom Leese could be about to make esports history with a six-figure transfer.
The 22-year-old plays FIFA full time for a living and has represented England. But he is also contracted to Hashtag United, who play in the Isthmian League North Division.
According to Sky Sports, the club, set up by YouTuber SpencerFC five years ago, have received two bids - both between £50,000 and £100,000 - for Leese.
There's no word on whether any of the offers have been accepted by the Tags, or if Spurs fan Leese has discussed personal terms with those interested.
But if a deal did happen, it is set to be the first of its kind in FIFA esports following on from big-money moves in Fortnite.
Leese started playing professionally for the FUTWiz Academy when he was 17 and he soon got banned from mini-tournaments with his friends at each other's houses.
Instead, he competed in tournaments on the big stage and won a whopping £20,000 in prize money after going all the way in his debut.
As bad as 2020 has been worldwide, I’ll always remember it personally for being a bit of a mazza.— Tom Leese (@HashtagTom_) December 31, 2020
Thanks to anyone who’s watched any streams or videos, it’s helped big time throughout these lockdowns & hopefully 2021 the world can go back to some normality🤞
Happy New Year 🥂 pic.twitter.com/aG2aLx2CZz
"I definitely didn't expect when I came into FIFA to be in such a privileged position at such a young age," he told SPORTbible.
"The prize money can definitely help my mum out whenever she needs it because it's repaying the faith she put into me.
"At 18, it wasn't easy for her to just let me play FIFA for a living - especially as I've always been a fairly smart student and I was looking to go to university.
"I always look to help anyone out if I can, if my mum ever needs anything or my family, I'm definitely always there to do that.
"It's something I'm very proud of being able to do at such a young age."
Tom normally spends around 10 hours a day on FIFA - practicing and perfecting his craft. In August 2020, he achieved the biggest victory of his career when he the ePremier League representing Watford.
He's one of the best in the game right now but he won't be happy until he's completed professional FIFA.
"I think my aim professionally, which I don't think will last too long and I'll get another ten years of it because the science suggests your reaction time gets slower - is to win everything," Leese explained.
"I don't think I'll be happy until I've won absolutely everything in the scene. After that, just to be in a position that I can look after my family."
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