Tottenham Hotspur strike saviour available for £2.5m

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Perennial Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Leandro Damiao has reportedly entered negotiations over a move across Brazil to Santos, with Internacional ready to accept an initial fee of £2.5m for the Selecao striker.

Spurs have been persistently linked with Damiao for more than two years, with the Brazilian international's association with White Hart Lane dating back to Harry Redknapp's time in the Spurs hotseat.

Damiao managed to find the net just four times in 25 games for Internacional this season, in a domestic campaign which finished last weekend.

That disappointing season has been enough for Internacional to decide that the marksman can move on, with Santos the frontrunners for his signature.

Santos are still searching for a new focal point in attack following Neymar's summer switch to Barcelona and want Damiao to fill the void in a player-plus-cash deal, according to talkSPORT.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas still has time to hijack the deal, with preliminary negotiations thought to have taken place last weekend.

Villas-Boas looked to have ended his search for a striker with the £26m capture of Roberto Soldado during the close season, but the Spaniard's start to life in North London has been thoroughly underwhelming.

Soldado, Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor have just four Premier League goals between them, which could prompt a fresh bid to land Damiao in a cut-price January swoop.

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