Brazilian striker flattered by Tottenham interest

Leandro Damiao (Internacional)Tottenham transfer target Leandro Damiao has insisted he is happy to remain at Internacional but admitted to being flattered by the interest Spurs have shown in him.

The Brazilian international has been linked with a move to the Premier League over the past couple of years, with Tottenham favourites to win his signature.

Spurs’ latest attempt to try and land Damiao came on the final day of the January transfer window, but a £18m bid did not meet Internacional’s valuation of the striker, who has said he is happy to stay in Brazil.

“I certainly thank Tottenham for their interest,” the 23-year-old told Correio do Povo. “They are a big club in Europe, but my focus is on Inter.

“(Internacional’s) president Giovanni Luigi knows I always wanted to stay at Internacional, regardless of any offers that could come.

“I hope to help Inter for a long time, I have a long contract and I am very happy and focused.”

Tottenham are now struggling for options up front after Jermain Defoe went off injured against West Brom on Sunday.

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