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Brazilian Tottenham target set for Porto move

Bernard was part of Brazil's Confederations Cup-winning squad (©GettyImages)
Bernard was part of Brazil's Confederations Cup-winning squad (©GettyImages).

Ateltico Mineiro starlet Bernard looks set to join Porto after his agent confirmed that both Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham have pulled out of the race to sign him.

The 20-year-old has been earmarked for stardom and has attracted interst from a host of clubs across Europe.

Tottenham reportedly sent scouts to run the rule over him during the Confederations Cup, while Borussia Dortmund and Shakhtar were also said to be keen on securing his services.

However Spurs have seemingly decided not to make a move for the young winger, with boss Andre Villas-Boas revealing last week that the club wouldn't follow up their interest with bid.

Porto look to be in the driving seat for his signature after agent Adriano Spadoto told O Tempo that both Spurs and Dortmund have pulled out of the running.

"The negotiations with Dortmund and Tottenham have cooled due to Bernard's high asking price, and he won't go to any of these clubs," he said.

"There is nothing from Shakhtar, they have made no offer."

Porto should find it easy to get a deal done for the young star, as they have close connections with the BMG bank who own part of the his economic rights.

"The agreement (with BMG) is a factor, so Porto are the most likely destination for Bernard," said Spadoto.

"I believe that Bernard will leave Atletico Mineiro after the Copa Libertadores and the official announcement will be made by (Mineiro president) Alexandre Kalil."

Tottenham may miss out on Bernard but look to have landed another Brazilian - Paulinho from Corinthians.

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