Tottenham target Leandro Damiao is 'likely to leave' says Internacional chief Luis Cesar Souto de Moura.

The 23-year-old has long been admired by Spurs and was linked with a move during the January transfer window, but there was not enough time for the deal to be sorted out.

The north London club may now have been handed the green light to sign the player in the summer after director of football for the Brazilian club, De Moura, said that the striker is most likely on his way out at the end of the season.

Spurs are in the hunt for a new striker having recently been linked with Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke and are looking to strengthen their strike force for next season in which they hope to be competing within the Champions League.

However, the Brazil international is under contact with Internacional until 2017 and has a release clause of £42million written in his contract. 

Tottenham will have substantially increase their £13million offer in January to try and tempt the Brazilian to White Hart Lane.

"Leandro Damiao is indeed the player that is most likely to leave Internacional, especially because foreign clubs are interested," De Moura told UOL.

"Damiao is the player of the moment, everyone is seeing that. He is a great player, he's very special."

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