Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is a big fan of former AC Milan man Alexandre Pato, having tried to sign him in the closing stages of the summer transfer window earlier on in the year.
The 24-year-old only moved back to Brazil in January 2013 after a five-year spell at AC Milan, but club director Roberto de Andrade opened the door for a potential move to London in the upcoming transfer window.
‘‘We know there is interest in Pato and we don’t rule out selling him in the winter transfer market,’’ said De Andrade.
Discussing the Brazil international’s future, he told Radio Bandeirantes: ‘’considering his value, I think it's hard that he moves to another Brazilian club.’’
Pato did reveal that he previously rejected the switch to Tottenham in an interview this week, but after a fall out with the Corinthians coaching staff, a move could be on the cards.
Pato was branded ‘a spoilt child’ by Corinthians manager Tite following a row in training, and it has now been admitted that the striker could certainly be sold in the New Year.
It’s thought Tottenham’s summer bid for Pato was around £18million, but they’d hope to be able to land him for less than that in January.
If Pato was to move to the north London outfit, he would join fellow countrymen Sandro and Paulinho - who signed from Corinthians in the summer window for £17million.
It's safe to say that Pato hasn't made the impact that was expected of him, having only scored eight times in 23 outings for Corinthians.
However, he is a proven world-class player and a move to a new country and a new league could be exactly what the 24-year-old's career needs.
Spurs are on the lookout for a new striker with Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe looking increasingly likely to depart the club in the coming weeks.
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