Tottenham Hotspur target Alexandre Pato has revealed he turned down the opportunity to leave Corinthians in January, according to the Daily Star.
The 24-year-old was subject of a late bid from the North London club, but has insisted that he wanted to stay and help his current club to improve.
"I received offers, they called Corinthians, sent a fax, to sign me in the window, but I sat down with the staff, talked with my agent and I told them I wanted to stay," he told Sportv.
"I wanted to help Corinthians fight for a place in Libertadores."
The Brazilian international returned to his native country last January after a six-year spell with Italian giants AC Milan.
Andre Villas-Boas has evidently realised that his team is currently lacking in recognised strikers despite the signing of Spain international Roberto Soldado during the recent transfer window.
With a chance that Emmanuel Adebayor may never play for the club again, Jermain Defoe is the only real back-up to Soldado.
Leandro Damiao and Christian Benteke have allegedly been targeted by Villas-Boas in the past, but Pato is could be seen as the perfect man for the job.
Pato has managed 15 goals for Corinthians who are currently in 6th place in the Brazilian top division.
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