Spurs close in on deal for Inter starlet

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Harry Redknapp has confirmed that Tottenham are on the verge of completing the signing of Brazil midfielder Sandro from Internacional.

Spurs have been chasing Sandro since last summer and Inter announced overnight that a deal had been agreed for the 21-year-old. Redknapp is excited about the prospect of bringing Sandro on board for next season, providing he passes a medical and is awarded a work permit.

"It would be fantastic," said Redknapp. "The chairman has been dealing with it. I got a phone call from the chairman saying that he thought we were close to doing it."

He added: "Hopefully it will get done now and it will be a good signing.

"He is an outstanding young player. He is on the verge of the Brazilian team. He has already played for Brazil and captained the Under-18s, 19s and 21s.

"He is strong. He looks a very, very good player so I am looking forward to getting him here."

Inter announced that Sandro is due in London this week to undergo a medical but he would not complete a move - reported to be valued between £9-12million - until August, after the Copa Libertadores finishes.

Sandro will not automatically qualify for a work permit because he has played just once for Brazil, in their World Cup qualifier against Chile.

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