White Hart Lane side battle PSG for young striker.
Spurs ‘battling PSG for Leandro Damiao transfer’
Spurs face a race against time if they are to finally complete the transfer of Leandro Damiao, as Paris Saint-Germain hope to sign the Brazil striker in the next few days.
Tottenham and Arsenal were both keen on the Internacional forward in the summer, but neither club was able to negotiate a deal.
Officials at White Hart Lane were confident the strong relationship they have with the Brazilian club following the signing of Sandro would put them in pole position when they finally decided to sell Leandro.
However, the situation has been complicated by interest from Qatari-owned PSG, reports the Sunday Telegraph.
The French club are determined to make a marquee signing during the current transfer window and have turned their attention to Leandro after failing to persuade Alexandre Pato to leave AC Milan.
They are in a position to meet Internacional’s £22 million asking price for the player and concluding a deal before Tuesday’s transfer deadline is a realistic aim.
Harry Redknapp has been linked with 22 year old Brazilian Leandro Damiao for quite some time and according to this source the White Hart Lane boss will look to make a late offer for the Internacional man, who last season struck 40 goals in all competitions.
Though Tottenham are flying high in third spot Redknapp may be looking for an extra attacking option to keep up their pursuit of a surprise Premier League crown. The North London are just six points off top spot after a fantastic season and the Spurs boss is keen to keep in touch with leaders Man City and second placed Man United.
A great proportion of Tottenham’s 41 Premier League goals have come from the club’s midfield wide areas, with Rafael Van der Vaart and Gareth Bale netting 14 goals between them. Redknapp has been heavily dependent on Emmanuel Adebayor to continue his good early season form but the Togo international hasn’t scored in six matches so there may well be a need to add more attacking alternatives.
A need to sign another striker may well be increased if Redknapp chooses to offload Roman Pavlyuchenko, who is very much surplus to requirements. Tottenham sold Robbie Keane and Peter Crouch last summer so are not exactly flush with strikers at present.