Damiao thankful for Tottenham interest

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Leandro Damiao has thanked Tottenham for their interest in him during the January transfer window - but says he is committed to staying put at Internacional.

Spurs launched a late bid for long-term target Damiao on deadline day to bolster their threadbare front line - but ran out of time.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has claimed that the deal could have been completed if there was more time, while reports in Brazil suggested Tottenham only offered £13 million for the 23-year-old, with Inter holding our for closer to £20 million.

Villas-Boas has now conceded that another move for Damiao in the summer is unlikely, and the player himself says he is not looking to leave South America any time soon.

'President Giovanni Luigi knows I always wanted to stay at Internacional, regardless of any offers that could come,' he said.

'I certainly thank Tottenham (for their interest), they are a big club in Europe, but my focus is on Inter.

'I hope to help Inter for a long time, I have a long contract and I am very happy and focused.'

Villas-Boas put Tottenham's inability to get another deal done at the last minute - they missed out on Porto's Joao Moutinho in the summer - down to complications surrounding Damiao's third party ownership.

The Portuguese boss said: 'It wasn't something we just did on the last day of the window. Third party ownership makes it different to do.'

Tottenham's failure to land Damiao before the close of the January transfer window leaves them with just two outright strikers as they battle for a top four spot and Champions League qualification.

Worryingly for Spurs, Jermain Defoe limped off in the first half during the 1-0 win over West Brom on Sunday and could be out of action for up three weeks if the initial diagnosis of ankle ligament damage is confirmed.

There was some good news for Tottenham fans however, with Emmanuel Adebayor on his way back to White Hart Lane after Togo were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations over the weekend.

The north London club moved to within one point of 3rd placed Chelsea with victory at the Hawthorns, and sit three points clear of Everton in 5th and four points ahead of rivals Arsenal in 6th.

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