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Luigi Confirms Talks With Tottenham Over Brazilian Striker

Internacional president Giovanni Luigi claims the club are in talks with Tottenham Hotspur over the signing of striker Leandro Damiao, according to the Express.

Despite the transfer window being closed there is still plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Spurs are in talks for Leandro Damiao.

Leandro Damiao

Internacional president Giovanni Luigi claims the club are in talks with Tottenham Hotspur over the signing of striker Leandro Damiao, according to the Express.

The Brazilian striker has emerged as one of South America’s most sought-after hitmen after scoring 82 goals in 143 games for Internacional since joining from Atlético Ibirama in 2010.

The Express suggests Spurs have been long-term admirers of the 23-year-old’s and it’s believed that Damiao came close to moving to White Hart Lane during the January transfer window but his exit was postponed until the summer.

The report claims that Andre Villas-Boas was expected to resurrect his interest at the end of the season but it seems the Londoners have made their move early with Luigi revealing that the Brazilian outfit have already been in talks with Spurs and it’s highly likely that Damiao will play in England next season.

“Recently we talked with Tottenham, Leandro is very likely to play games in England in the coming year,” Luigi is quoted as saying by the Express.

Tottenham have also been boosted after the Internacional supremo effectively ruled out Napoli’s chances of signing the striker, with the Italian outfit criticised for going behind the clubs back to speak directly with Damiao’s agent. Luigi continued:

“On the other hand we can exclude Napoli.

“If a club want a player, they must talk to the president of the club at which that particular player plays, and not just deal with the agent – that is not correct behaviour.”

Spurs have done remarkably well to maintain their push for a top-four finish this season despite not having a regular goal-scoring striker to rely on, with Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor only scoring 14 league goals between them so far this term, so a player like Damiao would be a huge asset if they can strike a deal and lure him to north London next season.

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Would Spurs fans like to see the club sign Damiao? Share your views in the comments section.



  1. ben

    May 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Ballbags till we see it written in blood

  2. THFCarmy

    May 2, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    After all the bloody hype and time, he’d better be the dogs danglers when/if he gets here.

    Fellow Yids be advised; he’s not the fastest player but his finishing is clinical.

  3. Gary Fox

    May 3, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Funny how we get linked to Damiao and Hulk and Ince and Higuain and Remy just as we reach the deadline for season ticket renewals

  4. Silly Rabbit

    May 3, 2013 at 3:17 am

    Don’t be silly Gary…we get linked to at least 10 players a week, made up by the press. Now that Harry doesn’t hang out his car window each day telling anyone who will listen who Spurs are after, these numpties haven’t a clue who we’re about to sign…until it happens. Dime Bar will never play for Spurs, he doesn’t want to, it’s why he’s twice signed a contract renewal over joining us when bigger clubs failed to bid. Once again their President is using Spurs to try and start a bidding war, and it’s beautiful karma if Napoli have tapped him up…the guy makes Levy look like he’s a breeze to negotiate with!

  5. Patnevin

    May 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    A friend of mine has been living in Brasil for a fair few years now and he said to me that there’s a lot of press talk about this now. I remember the Sandro deal drawing out over a long period. My mate says that when dealing with Brazilian clubs over transfers, it’s a whole diff’ game to that in Europe. He said it’s like a courtship, the club want to be wined and dined. To be honest, we don’t know the ins and outs of other brazilians transfers to other clubs, how long were they drawn out? I’ve a good feeling about it this time. In the past I’ve thought, no chance, but this time, with direct quotes and a fair bit of press coverage in Brasil, I think it might happen. COYS!!!

  6. Justin martin

    May 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    If true kinda begs the question why we didn’t sign this guy in the summer. Ironic if we fail to get CL, Gareth bale leaves and we sign him. Strange! However I honestly cannot see DL having a complete change of transfer policy. As usual the links to players continues. We must be realistic regarding the money the club are going to spend on players.

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