North Londoners have been tracking Brazil starlet for some time now.
Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur are hoping to be able to sign coveted Santos forward Neilton, either in a cut-price deal when the winter transfer window opens again for business in the new year or on a free transfer at the end of this season, according to reports in the Daily Express.
The exciting Brazil wide man has been the subject of much interest in his services of late, with the north London club even seeing a bid of £7 million for Neilton rejected out of hand by his employers during the summer.
However, with reports coming out of Brazil now suggesting that Neilton has rejected Santos’ offer of a new contract worth £7,000 per week to replace the winger’s current deal at the club, which expires at the end of this current campaign, with the 19-year-old said to be demanding £20,000 per week in order to stay at Santos, Spurs are believed to be hopeful of taking advantage of the uncertainty surrounding the player’s future in Brazil.
But it is also understood that Liga side Sevilla are preparing to test Santos’ resolve to keep hold of their star man until next summer by offering the Brazilians a knock-down fee of £600,000 to sign Neilton in January, rather than risk losing the attacker for nothing at the end of his contract in June 2014.
“I want to stay. We are negotiating. I am not involved in the talks, but I intend to stay,” said Neilton at a sponsor event in Sao Paulo.