Tottenham Hotspur step up interest in Leandro Damião
According to Globoesporte, Spurs have representatives in Porto Alegre hoping to clinch a deal with Internacional over Leandro Damião.
Tottenham have already had previous bids turned down but the London club are confident of getting their man this time round.
Inter president, Giovanni Luigi, said that the Beira-Rio side will only sell the striker if the price is right. Earlier today Luigi also appeared to pour cold water on any quick deal and that he was not set to meet anyone from Tottenham: “There are no Tottenham directors here [in Porto Alegre]. Nothing has been arranged. [However], agents have appeared. Damião scored a lot in the Olympics. And agents and investors have appeared interested in doing business. [But] no meeting has been arranged with Tottenham … we want to keep Damião. He’ll only go if it’s an extraordinary deal”.
Damião has a contract with Inter until 2016. His official buyout clause is £39.5 million (€50 million). Tottenham are believed to be prepared to offer around £16 million (just under €20 million) for the player (although the local press in Porto Alegre reported a figure of around £18 million /€23 million). Damião has an excellent scoring record in recent seasons. He finished as top scorer in the London Olympics with six on target. Last year, he put away a total of 41 goals for Internacional and Brazil.