Tottenham striker target hints at Chelsea transfer desire

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Long-term Tottenham transfer target Leandro Damiao has hinted he would be open to a move to Chelsea - by stating he would like to play alongside former team-mate Oscar once more.

Spurs have been heavily linked with the Internacional striker in recent months, and reportedly failed with a bid for him over the summer.

The White Hart Lane-based outfit were said to have been preparing a £20 million offer for the Brazilian international before the close of the transfer window, which Damiao's club then turned down.

The striker, who is said to be unwilling to make the move to White Hart Lane and would instead favour a switch to Real Madrid, struck up a successful partnership with Oscar at club and international level before he joined Chelsea in a deal worth around £25 million in July.

The Brazilian playmaker has been an instant hit for the Stamford Bridge club and has so far scored four goals in the Champions League - although they appear to have been in vain as Chelsea teeter on the brink of becoming the first champions to exit at the group stages.

Now Damiao has hinted he would be willing to snub any further offer from Tottenham in order to hook up with Oscar at Chelsea - although he is happy to remain at Internacional for the time being.

"Oscar is a fantastic player, an absolute craque at Chelsea. I had an excellent relationship with him on the field at Internacional and it is true that I would like to be reunited with Oscar," he told the Elastco.

"We still play together when fielded for Brazil. But, I have a contract to honour at Internacional. Regardless of the fact that Internacional will not play the Copa Libertadores next year, I maintain my focus here at Internacional. It is not an incentive to leave. When a European club will come to the fore, we will see."

Damiao is contracted with Internacional until 2015 and is fighting for a place in Brazil's 2014 World Cup squad on home soil, but he admits a move to the Premier League is an attractive option for him.

"The Premier League holds great attraction, of course," he admitted. "I was in England for quite some time during the Olympics and it is a great country with good people. But for the moment I am staying put."

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