Would Harry be taking a big risk by investing so much in such an untried player?
Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy is understood to be close to concluding a deal for Internacional midfielder Sandro.
Spurs had a bid of around £14million rejected but they haven’t given up and Levy has been in Brazil for several days in a bid to personally seal the move before the transfer window closes on Tuesday.
Manager Harry Redknapp is keen to sign another strong defensive player to line up alongside Wilson Palacios and Sandro is now their first choice after Toulouse demanded £25m for Moussa Sissoko.
Internacional are asking for as much as £26m but Spurs are still hopeful they can get him for around £16m.
The deal is complicated because 30 per cent of his rights are owned by investors and Sandro may struggle to get a work permit as he has not yet played for Brazil, although he was called into their World Cup squad this week. Spurs are pressing on with the deal and there is still a possibility Jermaine Jenas will be sold to Aston Villa to fund the move (Evening Standard)
Even though Tottenham sit top of the table it appears Harry Redknapp still seeks reinforcements and many sources are quoting that the club are nearing the price Internacional are requesting for their 20 year old defensive midfielder.
One wonders where Sandro would fit into the team right now with Tom Huddlestone and Wilson Palacios forming a very strong central midfield partnership thus far but given that the White Hart Lane boss appear to be willing to let Jermaine Jenas leave he could well be looking to strenghen that area of his squad.
However is it wise to invest so heavily, the Brazilian club are reportedly looking for a fee in the region of £20m, in a player of relatively little experience, and importantly one who has never tried his luck in Europe. South American signings are notoriously hit and miss and putting such a large sum on such a raw player could backfire big time.