Tottenham have launched a deadline day bid for long-term striker target Leandro Damiao, according to the Times.

The newspaper claim that Spurs lodged a £20 million bid for the Internacional forward last night. If the deal goes through, the 23-year-old will become the north London club's record signing.

Tottenham's chances of landing the striker appear slim with time running out; the player's agent has previously stated Damiao is unlikely to leave in January.

Copa Libertadores.However Internacional may have their hand forced by the need for funds to help pay for a sstadium refurbishment and cover lost revenue after exiting the 

Internacional's president Giovanni Luigi insists that no bid has been made, but did offer a glimmer of hope to Spurs by admitting Damiao could leave if negotiations are swift.

"Leandro Damiao will only leave if there is a very quick negotiation," he told Correio do Povo. "But no official offer has been made." 

However Internacional director of football Luis Cesar Souto de Moura insists that it is unlikely the 23-year-old will join Tottenham before the January window shuts.

"The news involving interest for Leandro Damiao, especially from Tottenham, will always happen, they come and go," he told Terra.

"Damiao has a lot of quality, is a goalscorer, was the top scorer in the Olympics and he is a very important player.

"Internacional understand that it's extremely difficult, very difficult, for Leandro Damiao to leave now."

Spurs appear short of options in attack and have been linked with numerous strikers, despite manager Andre Villas-Boas' insistence that he is happy with his current squad and doesn't except any new arrivals.

Tottenham are long-term admirers of Damiao, who was the top scorer in the Olympic football tournament, but have been unable to get their man in recent windows.

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