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Arsenal and Spurs battle for £15m South American striker

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Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal target Leandro Damiao has emerged as a transfer target for Barcelona according to talkSPORT.

The 22-year-old Brazilian striker is keen to move to a top European club, in order to cement his place in the international team.

Damiao drew plaudits for his match-winning performance in the Samba Stars 1-0 victory over Ghana at Craven Cottage on Monday night - adding to his growing reputation, and almost certainly increasing his overall value.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp was heavily linked with a move for the player in the recent transfer window, but cooled his interest after Tottenham completed the loan signing of Emmanuel Adebayor, who heads to White Hart Lane from Manchester City.


 

Arsenal were also credited with an interest in Damiao, as Arsene Wenger looked to strengthen the Gunners' forward line following pressure from the club's supporters.

After the north London side's humiliating 8-2 defeat at the hands of Manchester United, Wenger responded by making five deadline day signings, but opted to bring Monaco forward Park Chu-Young to the Emirates Stadium over the talented Damiao.

It is now believed that the UEFA Champions League and La Liga holders are preparing a £15million bid for the striker in January, which will come as a bitter blow to both Arsenal and Tottenham who will also renew their interest at the turn of the year.

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