Tottenham Hotspur could land Brazilian international striker Leandro Damiao in the summer transfer window, according to reports.
The Daily Mail claims that, whilst Andre Villas-Boas missed out on the player during deadline day on January 31st, he could still complete a deal once the season has concluded.
Spurs offered £18million for the 23-year-old, according to the paper, but were unable to force through a deal with Internacional. The report goes on to claim that the club are holding out for £20million.
“Leandro Damiao won't leave, the offer was below what we wanted,” director Marcelo Medeiros told Globo Esporte.
Sporting Director Luis Cesar Souto de Moura echoed the sentiments of his colleague, admitting that whilst there was interest, it would have been difficult for a deal to be struck between the parties involved.
“Leandro Damiao will only leave if there is a very quick negotiation,” he told the Brazilian media yesterday.
“The news involving interest for Leandro Damiao, especially from Tottenham Hotspur, will always happen, they come and go.
“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.”
Indeed, the deal was complicated by third-party investment, with around 30% of the player’s media rights owned by another organisation.
That led Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to favour a summer move, according to the report, giving the north London outfit plenty of time over re-negotiate before the 2013/14 campaign begins.
It also means Villas-Boas remains relatively light in attack at White Hart Lane, with Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor the only senior options available to the Tottenham boss for the remainder of the season.