United set sights on £24m Spurs striker target

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Manchester United are set to rival Tottenham in the chase for Brazil striker Leandro Damiao reports the Daily Mail.

The 22-year-old Internacional star is rated at around £24million, but that has done little to deter strong interest from the Barclays Premier League.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is a known admirer of Damiao, and lodged a £15million bid to bring him to White Hart Lane last summer.

However, it is understood that Manchester United are now favourites to land the South American sensation's signature, with Sir Alex Ferguson considering an attempt to lure him to Old Trafford.

Damiao began his career as a midfielder, playing for local teams in his native Brazil. He had unsuccessful trials with XV de Outubro and Atletico Ibirama before joining Atlético Tubarao.

During his time there he established himself in the team, having moved into a more advanced position as a striker, and was given a second chance by Atletico Ibirama in 2009.

Having scored eight goals in the Santa Catarina state championship, Damiao was transferred to Internacional where he won three titles with the club's under-20 side and earned a call-up to the B-team.

He scored twice in his Campeonato Gaúcho debut and was then called up to the first team for their 2010 Copa Libertadores campaign.

Damiao was given his first call-up to the Brazil national team in March 2011 for the friendly against Scotland, and scored his first goal in a 1–0 friendly win against Ghana on 5 September.

His impressive performances for club and country alerted the attention of Tottenham, but having failed to sign him last summer, Manchester United are now poised to hijack the transfer.

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