Reds & Spurs suffer blow in striker chase - reports

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AC Milan have emerged as the favourites to sign Liverpool and Tottenham target Leandro Damiao, it has been claimed.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan sent sporting director Ariedo Braida to Brazil in order to open talks with Internacional regarding the proposed signing of the Brazil international.

Despite Liverpool and Spurs both tracking Damiao, Milan are thought to have the advantage due to their good relationship with Internacional.

Milan signed Alexandre Pato from the Brazilian club four years ago, and have maintained amicable contact ever since.

"Braida surely will take advantage of the preferential relations with Internacional, where Pato has already been taken," Stefano Castagna - an agent close to the deal - told TMW.

"He'll be able to work without intermediaries, but will have to deal with competition from half of Europe."

Spurs, meanwhile, are known to have made a number of bids for the 22-year-old over the course of the summer after Harry Redknapp watched him in action in early spring.

However, Spurs were unable to reach an an agreement, and Liverpool have since been linked with a move of their own.

Reports have suggested Liverpool No.2 Steve Clarke has also scouted Damiao, and the Reds are since alleged to have been considering a January offer.

It has been claimed Liverpool are prepared to part with £17 million in order to bring him to Anfield.

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