The Brazilian international has long been admired by both Spurs and manager Andre Villas-Boas with the player believed to be available for around £15 million. Internacional are willing to offload the striker during their off season which as our landlord points out, handily coincides with the January transfer window.
Spurs are looking to push for a top four place this season and are also looking strong in the Europa League – a competition which AVB takes very seriously, having won it with Porto in 2010/11. The club have been after Damiao for two years now and feel this is the time to strike in order to finally land the player.
The 23-year-old finished top scorer of the football tournament at the London 2012 Olympics, netting six times and certainly has the so-called Samba flair running through him. Because of Emmanuel Adebayor’s last minute U-turn to play in the inconveniently timed African Cup of Nations for Togo, Spurs will be short of a forward going into the busiest period of the fixture calendar and feel Damiao could well boost their goal tally.
The player – who has earned 14 caps for Brazil looks set for a move, with his agent claiming: “While Leandro Damiao stays at Internacional, Tottenham will always be interested. Andre Villas-Boas has liked him since he was Chelsea’s manager.”