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White Hart Lane rule out signing the Brazilian at the end of the season.
Tottenham have rule out trying to sign Brazilian international striker Leandro Damiao in the summer after failing with an £18million deadline day bid.
White Hart Lane chairman Daniel Levy was in discussions with Leandro’s club Internacional on the final day of the January transfer window, but Tottenham were priced out of the market when the Brazilian side increased their asking price having also failed to do a deal in the summer.
According to Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas, who was attracted to sign Leandro after being impressed with him leading the line for Brazil at the London Olympics, that will now be the end of the chase of the 23-year-old Brazilian forward.
“We’ve approached this market very, very sensibly,” Villas-Boas told the Daily Mail. “If (the price) was going to go out of proportion we would step out of it. We couldn’t agree on the full conditions so we move on. Will we sign him in the summer? I don’t think so. It’s probably finished by now.”
Tottenham moved for Leandro after being left with only one striker – Jermaine Defoe – available to Villas-Boas, who lost the services of Emmanuel Adebayor while he is on international duty with Togo at the African Nations Cup.
Villas-Boas admitted he is content to finish the season with limited options in attack, but does have Clint Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurdsson, who was the subject of three bids from Reading, available as possible options in attack.