Inter looking to gazump Spurs in £15m deal

Tottenham’s efforts to sign Brazilian Striker Leandro Damiao could be foiled by Serie A giants Inter Milan according to talkSPORT.

Spurs were in talks with the player’s club Internacional during the summer but they failed to agree the reported £15m fee with officials. Damiao subsequently signed a new five year deal with the Brazilian club.

However, Spurs believe this was merely a ploy to drive up the price of any eventual deal for the player. Leandro Damiao was in London earlier this month as he bagged his first international goal for Brazil against Ghana in a friendly at Craven Cottage.

Now Inter have sounded out their interest in the Brazilian as they prepare to back new manager Claudio Ranieri in the January Transfer Window. Directors are thought to be very keen in bringing the 22-year-old to the San Siro.

In order to bring the forward to White Hart Lane, Harry Redknapp could be forced to sell Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko. Moscow rivals Lokomotiv and Spartak are said to be interested.

Redknapp is a long term admirer of Damiao. He’ll be hoping the club’s good relationship with Internacional following the transfer of Sandro last year will stand them in good stead.

Still the lure of Inter Milan might prove too much for the Brazilian in the end.

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