Spurs have made a habit of leaving it late to conduct deals during the transfer window’s final furlong but weren’t even close to getting the Brazil international. over the line before the 11pm cut-off point.
Chairman Daniel Levy decided that manager Andre Villas-Boas needed a forward to strengthen the clubs challenge for Champions League qualification in the second half of the season and lodged an £18 million offer for Damiao.
But with 30 per cent of the player’s economic rights being held by third-party investments, the complicated nature of the transfer was enough to convince Levy, who has chased the player for over two-years, to put his plans on ice until the summer.
Internacional director Marcelo Medeiros also claims that the North London club didn’t offer enough money with the Brazilian club demanding £20 million to release the 23-year-old.
“Leandro Damiao won’t leave, the offer was below what we wanted,” he told Globo Esporte.
That now leaves Jermain Defoe as the only fit senior striker at White Hart Lane, with Emmanuel Adebayor at the Africa Cup of Nations, and Villas-Boas will now have to wait until the summer before freshening up his attack.