Spurs lead Arsenal in Brazilian striker chase - reports

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Tottenham Hotspur remain at the front of the queue to sign striker Leandro Damiao, despite interest from Arsenal and across Europe.

The Brazilian international has been heavily linked with a move across continents in recent months, with Spurs known to be long-term admirers of the Internacional forward,

However, a representative for the player confirmed yesterday that the Gunners were also keen on a move for the player, with a bid tabled by both clubs in North London.

"There is a good Tottenham Hotspur offer, one from Arsenal and even some Spanish clubs are sounding out Internacional," said the spokesman for the player's agency.

The Daily Mail claim Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is still leading the race for the player, although the White Hart Lane outfit will have to increase their rejected £14 million bid from the summer.

Interest from Arsenal is thought to be relatively new, although Arsene Wenger spent big in the closing stages of the summer transfer window in order to strengthen his squad at the Emirates.

Whilst Gervinho and Park Chu-Young were both brought in to add to the squad's attacking impetus, the recent failures of Marouane Chamakh and the exit of Nicklas Bendtner have left Arsenal short of cover in the traditional striker position.

The form of Robin Van Persie has overshadowed the need for another player in the position, but should the Dutchman's fitness fail once again for Wenger, then Damiao could provide the ideal cover for the Arsenal talisman.

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