Premier League

That Leandro Bid & How To Twist A Footballer’s Quote

Spurs hopes of keeping their stars look to be under threat, with Dutch star Van Der Vaart the latest to be misquoted to fan the flames of speculation. 

Tottenham Hotspur allegedly failed with a bid for Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao in Janauary, the players agent has kindly revealed. The 22-year-old is highly rated in South America and Spurs have been continuously linked with a move for the Internacional striker.

With the player likely to leave in the summer for a European side, his agent Vinicius Prates has claimed Champions League hopefuls Tottenham did make an offer for the star last winter, further fueling the rumour mill as the window draws ever nearer.

“The only concrete offers in January were from Tottenham and PSG,” the agent told Calciomercato.com:

“There is a good chance that the player will arrive in Europe this summer and it would be a good opportunity for him to play at a big club.”
Damiao has 21 league goals in 53 appearances for Internacional, and has been capped 5 times for Brazil. Any signing in the forward areas would be a welcome addition for Spurs, with the futures of current strikers of Luis Saha, Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermaine Defoe far from certain.

Meanwhile according to the Daily Mirror midfield maestro Rafael van der Vaart has hinted at quitting Tottenham for a move back to Holland. The Dutchman, who has two years left to run on his current deal, has endured a typically patchy campaign, scoring most of his 11 goals in the first half of the season.

But he remains a popular figure at the Lane after his ludicrously economical £8 million move from Real Madrid. During a career that’s also seen him play for German side Hamburg since leaving Ajax in 2005, it’s fair to say VDV hasn’t quite fulfilled his considerable potential. And he admits he is keen on a return to the comforts of the Dutch League at some point in the future.

The international claimed:

“I see it as an obligation to play football once again in the Netherlands. I have a feeling I have to give something back to the Eredivisie, for what it has meant to me.” 

It’s hardly a statement of intent to quit, or an indication of impending transfer activity, but lets ignore that fact for now..

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