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Tottenham failed to land ex-Serie A star on deadline day

alexandre_patoTottenham supporters in the Football Transfer Tavern are very satisfied with their side’s work in the recent transfer window but still feel that another striker probably should have been recruited to complement Roberto Soldado in attack.

It now appears that Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas tried and failed to sign a striker on deadline day as Metro suggest that Tottenham failed in a last-ditch attempt to sign former AC Milan star Alexandre Pato according to his current club Corinthians.

The talented 24-year-old only made a return to his native country in January after his time in Serie A went stale and Mario Balotelli was signed as his replacement from Manchester City.

However his career now looks back on track and his recent form playing in the Brasileirão has earned him a recall to the national side ahead of the World Cup this summer.

It now appears that Villas-Boas had been following his progress and made a late attempt to bolster his attack, although the offer fell below the £12 million fee that had been paid for his services six months earlier.

Pato burst onto the European scene at Milan in 2007 and soon emerged as a highly promising talent but injuries curtailed his form and he left the Rossoneri with 63 goals in 150 appearances.

Spurs were also thought to be chasing Pato’s Brazilian team-mate Leandro Damiao of Internacional, but the club’s sporting director Luis Cesar Souto said their player wasn’t for sale at any price.

“We intend to keep the player, we understand he increases the team’s quality,” he said.

“I don’t even know if they could afford to sign Leandro Damiao.”

Do Tottenham remain too light in attack? Are Defoe and Adebayor good enough, should Soldado become injured? Let us know your thoughts below.

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