Spurs lead Arsenal and United as 'inevitable' striker exit looms

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Highly rated South American starlet Leandro Damiao looks set for a summer switch to Tottenham Hotspur amidst interest from English rivals Arsenal and Manchester United. reports how the 21-year-old Internacional striker, who has already been capped by the Brazilian national side, is widely regarded as a star of the future.

Damiao's current club have admitted that it is 'inevitable' he will leave, with his stock continuing to rise having established an outstanding goalscoring record in his homeland.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is keen to add to his striking options at White Hart Lane, and is looking to use current Spurs star Sandro as a pawn to broker a deal.

The fact that Tottenham and Internacional already have an established relationship following the transfer of Sandro last year, leaves Spurs in the driving seat for Damiao's signature.


"The directors always talks to me about Brazilian players," said Sandro.

"They asked me about Leandro Damiao and I told them he's a fantastic guy of high quality. Hopefully we will knock on the door of Inter [Internacional] very soon."

Arsenal, Manchester United and Barcelona have all been credited with an interest in Damiao – suggesting that Redknapp will have to move quickly in order to land his man.

However, with Sir Alex Ferguson currently in possession of a surplus of strikers at Old Trafford, a Red Devils move for Damiao would at this point seem unlikely.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed he is in the market for another front man as he looks to strengthen his ranks at the Emirates Stadium, so it is Arsenal who will likely provide the main competition for Spurs to secure their target.

Whilst Damiao's destination is not yet known, it is certain that he will leave once the right opportunity presents itself.

"His departure is inevitable," said Internacional coach Paulo Roberto Falcao. "But we hope to keep him for as much time as possible."

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