Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reported to have stepped up his interest in Spurs target Leandro Damiao.


The Daily Mail is reporting that Wenger’s initial tentative interest is now concrete and he wants to bring the player to Emirates Stadium.


Harry Redknapp and Daniel Levy had been chasing the Brazilian international for some time, even making a summer bid.


The White Hart Lane hierarchy supposedly made two offers for the Internaciaonal striker, but it now looks as though Arsenal is his more likely destination.


Spurs were said to be unwilling to meet the then £15million asking price, which now stands at a whopping £25million.


Arsene Wenger is keen to make one or two big signings during the transfer window, in a bid to convince Robin van Persie to sign a new contract.


Serie A giants Juventus have also been attributed with an interest in a player, who is said to have been watched by Liverpool.


Damiao has scored 40 goals in 52 games for his club this year, which has seen his price-tag rocket in just a few months.


Wenger is desperate to recruit some top-class support for Van Persie in the goal stakes. The Gunners captain has also been unwilling to talk about a new contract, with his current deal expiring at the end of next season.


Wenger believes the signing of Damiao would convince ‘RVP’ to stay, after a summer that saw Arsenal lose both Cesc Fabragas and Samir Nasri.


Should Damiao sign, he would join compatriot and Brazil team-mate Andre Santos in N5.

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