Spurs dealt decisive blow in Brazilian striker chase

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Tottenham Hotspur target Leandro Damiao has penned a new long-term contract at Internacional.

The Brazilian striker has been heavily linked with a move to White Hart Lane in recent weeks, with reports that manager Harry Redknapp made a bid for the player last month.

Spurs were boosted in their pursuit of the player after Internacional admitted they were expecting the player to leave, but Damiao will be staying at the Beira-Rio after signing the new five-year deal.

"Plaudits must go to president Giovanni Luigi, who did a tremendous effort to keep him with us for this season," said coach Paulo Roberto Falcao.

"This new agreement gives us peace and we can now close the talk of his departure. Now Leandro Damiao is at a wage level with the most valued players in the country."


Redknapp is known to be in the market for a forward this summer, with Giuseppe Rossi, Asamoah Gyan and Diego Forlan all speculatively linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

However, Spurs appear to have failed on all fronts thus far, and will need to turn their attentions elsewhere after this latest damaging blow.

With Luka Modric looking to secure a summer exit and Redknapp admitting players must be sold to fund transfers in the window, Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping for a change of fortunes ahead of the start of the new Barclays Premier League campaign next month.

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