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£15m Brazil striker cools talk of Tottenham move

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Tottenham transfer target Leandro Damiao has poured cold water on rumours linking him with Spurs, and insisted he is not thinking about joining any Premier League team at the moment.

According to the Daily Mirror, the Brazil international has been a long-term target for Tottenham, with old boss Harry Redknapp and current manager Andre Villas-Boas both interested in bringing Damiao to White Hart Lane.

The 23-year-old frontman was reportedly the subject of a summer bid from Spurs, but Internacional rejected the offer.

And the report claims Villas-Boas was ready to reignite his interest in January, as he looks to add to his options for the New Year, but Damiao, who is valued at £15m, insists he's thinking only of Brazil.

"I do not feel the need to move away right now," said Damiao. "Now is not the time to be thinking about leaving here for Europe or the Premier League."

Spurs currently have two strikers, Jermain Defoe and Emmauel Adebayor, but the Togolese forward is suspended from the next three matches after his red card against Arsenal in last weekend's north London derby.

Villas-Boas opted to play Defoe and Adebayor from the start against the Gunners, but a lack of alternatives could see the Portuguese boss revert to his lone striker policy, with either Gylfi Sigurdsson or Clint Dempsey playing off the forward. And it seems Damiao will not be joining to supplement Defoe and Adebayor, which could lead Villas-Boas to explore other options.

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