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Tottenham Hotspur face competition from Greek side Olympiakos in the race to sign Brazilian Julio Baptista.

The attacking midfielder spent time in the Premier League during the 2006-07 campaign, and Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is favourite to bring 'the beast' back to England.

28-year-old Baptista rose to prominence during an exceptional two year spell with Sevilla in La Liga. Real Madrid would pay €24.5 million for the player in 2005, although his career never took off at the Bernabeu.

Arsenal took advantage and brought the player to the Emirates on loan, with Baptista scoring ten times in 35 appearances for the club.

The north London side didn't take up the option of a permanent deal, and after another season on the sidelines in Spain Baptista was sold to Roma for €9 million.

At international level, Baptista has featured regularly for the Samba Boys. A member of the current World Cup squad, 'the beast' has won 47 caps for his country.

Heavily linked with a move away from Serie 'A', the player's agent recently spoke to the Daily Mail about the speculation.

"Julio wants a team who will let him play more. He is now at the World Cup and when that it is over we will decide," said Juan Figer.

"Everything is possible. He had a good first season but this year he has played less - although being at the World Cup at the moment with Brazil puts him in the shop window.”

An £8 million valuation has been placed on the former Sao Paulo player, and Redknapp could also face competition from an unnamed Turkish side in the race to sign Baptista.

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