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Tottenham fail with £20m late move for Brazilian striker target

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Tottenham have failed with their late bid to land Leandro Damiao before the close of the transfer window, according to reports in Brazil.

Spurs are believed to have lodged a bid worth £20 million for the Brazilian striker, but according to Globoesporte.com Internacional have deemed it too late in the day to get the deal done before the close of the window. The website claims this is the 4th time Spurs have failed with a bid to land the 23-year-old.

The Brazilian source report that a deal may still be done in the coming days, but one that will see him head to Spurs in the summer.

Tottenham completed the transfer of Sandro from Internacional in a similar manner, agreeing terms before allowing him to stay in Brazil until the end of the season in 2010.

The north London club are short of attacking options and have been linked with a host of forwards in recent days.

Spurs have been credited with an interest in Befetimbi Gomis, Alvaro Negredo  and Lisandro Lopez, but now appear set to finish the rest of the season with just two outright strikers.

Emmanuel Adebayor is currently away with Togo at the Africa Cup of Nations, while Jermain Defoe is currently nursing a niggling pelvic injury which requires constant monitoring.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas appeared relaxed over the prospect of ending the window without landing a new striker after his side's 1-1 draw with Norwich last night.

"We look to be quiet in the market," the former Porto coach said. "It's not impossible that a couple of things happen. It's highly unlikely.

"We need to add quality to the squad and our quality to the squad is keeping the players we have now and Lewis arriving."

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