Southampton have joined the race for Internacional's Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao.
The 23-year-old has been strongly linked with fellow Premier League side Tottenham, but the Southern Daily Echo has reported that Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino is keen on adding Damiao to his squad for next season.
Damiao has a lot of international experience, having played for the Brazilian Olympic side at London 2012, finishing as the tournament's top goalscorer.
He also has 10 further caps for the Brazil national side, following some excellent form for club side Internacional. He continued his strong domestic form last season, making 43 appearances and scoring 24 goals for Internacional, who finished league champions last season.
And it is this kind form that he has shown for Internacional that has attracted Pochettino's interest, with Southampton now closely monitoring the situation of the striker, despite not having submitted a bid as of yet.
Internacional are adamant that they are yet to receive an offer for Damiao, who helped them to another Brazilian League Championship last season.
The club's director of football Luis Cesar de Moura has rubbished reports that there have been bids submitted for Damiao, despite both Tottenham and Southampton both closely tracking the striker.
Speaking to Brazilian reporters, de Moura said: "Nothing has come, clubs from everywhere sound him out all the time, but we don't even consider that anymore, as there are too many enquiries but offers never come. I am working with the idea of keeping the player, so that he doesn't leave."
But despite de Moura's comments, this will not discourage Tottenham or Southampton in their pursuit of the highly-rated striker.
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