Arsenal striker target confirms failed Spurs bid

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Arsenal striker target Alexandre Pato has confirmed that Tottenham Hotspur failed in a bid to sign him during the summer, reports the Daily Mail.

The Brazil international returned to his homeland when he joined Corinthians in a £12.8million deal in January, after falling out of favour at former club AC Milan.

Pato burst onto the scene at San Siro as a precocious young talent, scoring on his Serie 'A' debut at the tender age of 17, against Italian rivals Napoli in 2007.

He went on to establish himself as a first-team regular, but following the arrival of Stephan El Shaarawy and Mario Balotelli, was sold by manager Massimiliano Allegri.

Despite Pato's continued dip in form, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas enquired about the possibility of bringing the 24-year-old to White Hart Lane in the summer, only for the player to snub the Premier League club's advances.

"Tottenham had called Corinthians to ask for my transfer," he told Sportv. "I sat at the table with the club and my agent and I decided I wanted to stay."

Tottenham are understood to still be keen on the South American forward, and plan to renew their interest when the transfer window reopens in January.

However, Villas-Boas will face competition from north London rivals Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger also keen to entice Pato to the Emirates Stadium, to provide competition for Olivier Giroud at the focal point of the Gunners' attack.

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