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Damiao still hoping for a move to Europe

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Brazil international Leandro Damiao's chances of moving to Europe this summer look slim but according to his agent, the striker is not giving up hope yet and is waiting for a "great proposal" to arrive from a big European club.

The 24-year-old striker had been Napoli's prime target to replace Edinson Cavani, but the deal did not materialise due to the player's sponsorship issues.

The Partenopei instead decided to move forward for Gonzalo Higuain who they eventually bought from Real Madrid for €37million.

"There were negotiations with Napoli, but the inherent difficulties tied in to sponsorship contracts and image rights made it impossible to reach a deal with Aurelio De Laurentiis," agent Vinicus Prates told TMW.

"The club preferred to turn to Higuain, so now Damiao is working hard with Internacional while he waits for a great proposal from Europe."

Apart from Napoli, the striker has also been linked with Tottenham, Roma, Zenit St Petersburg and Southampton during the course of the summer.

"There is nothing concrete with Roma," Prates added. "They are a good side, but there has been no contact. Zenit showed how much they wanted Damiao, but we couldn't reach an agreement.

"He is wanted by several Premier League clubs. Southampton put in a request in the past, but Leandro Damiao has decided to target a more ambitious club.

"At the moment he is calm in Brazil and waiting for an important call from Europe."

The powerful striker has been on the scouting notes of Tottenham for two years now, and though Spurs have brought in Roberto Soldado for £26million this week, they could yet move for another striker.

The north London club's director Keith Mills had revealed on Tuesday that the club is looking at more striking options, and Damiao might just realise his dream late on in the transfer window.

 

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