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Tottenham Step Up Pursuit Of £15m Brazilian Striker

Spurs hope strategic partnership will help snare forward.

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Tottenham Hotspur will make a renewed effort to bring £15 million-rated marksman Leandro Damiao to North London this summer – and hope their partnership with his club will help beat off competition from Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

The Londoners have been tracking Damiao, 22, for over a year and have seen two formal bids for the Brazilian international rejected by his club, Internacional.

But it is understood that Internacional would be prepared to accept a bid of around £15 million for the powerful forward, who is also admired by Spanish Champions Real Madrid and Serie A giants Inter Milan.

Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy is hoping that Spurs strategic partnership with the Brazilian club, which allows the Premier League club first refusal on Internacional’s players should they meet the asking price, will give the Lilywhites an advantage in the race for his signature.

The clubs reached an £8 million agreement for the transfer of Sandro Raniere in 2010 and the enforcer has become a fan’s favourite at White Hart Lane with a series of impressive performances.

While Damiao is open to a move to Europe this summer, he has previously stated a preference for Italy’s Serie A in the past.

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