Tottenham close to Willian deal as Leandro Damiao bid stalls again

Spurs will also make a renewed bid for Porto playmaker Joao Moutinho, with a move for Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele also being considered after Modric's transfer to Real Madrid
By Greg Stobart

Tottenham are closing in on an agreement to sign Brazilian star Willian but are ready to again accept defeat in their pursuit of Leandro Damiao, understands.

Spurs will also make a renewed push to sign Porto playmaker Joao Moutinho in the final week of the transfer window as manager Andre Villas-Boas looks to improve the squad by investing the funds from Luka Modric’s £33.2 million move to Real Madrid.

The Londoners are in advanced talks over a move for Willian despite Shakhtar Donetsk claiming to have rejected an £11.8m bid from the north London club, with the Ukrainian outfit hoping for close to £20m.

All parties involved in negotiations expect a deal to be completed for the 24-year-old attacking midfielder, who Villas-Boas tried to sign for Chelsea last year, before the transfer window closes on Friday. He is considered a versatile attacker who can play either centrally or wide, but not a direct replacement for Modric.
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Willian made clear that he wants to leave the Donbass Arena last week and the Brazilian was left out of Shakhtar's squad that defeated Karpaty on Sunday.

The Ukrainian side's chairman Mircea Lucescu has admitted that Willian was not in the right state of mind to play in the 3-0 win.

"Does anyone of you believe that in his current situation his head produces thoughts in the direction of right thinking?" he asked reporters after the game. "I wouldn’t like him to play and suffer an injury today, but this could happen. He will have some rest, and then we will see what to do with him.

"We have a week before the transfer window closes, during which, perhaps, everything will be solved."

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has been in constant contact with Shakhtar officials over the last week but he is less confident of concluding a deal for Internacional striker Leandro Damiao.

The 23-year-old Brazil international, who was top scorer at the Olympics, is a long-term target for Spurs but the Londoners are ready to concede defeat for another transfer window after failing to agree a transfer fee. understands Internacional rejected an offer worth around £18m for Damiao last week, claiming the bid did not meet their valuation and that they want to keep the player until the end of the Brazilian domestic season in December.

The deal has been complicated by Internacional’s changing stance as well as the number of people with economic interests in Damiao, with the strategic partnership between the clubs doing little to smooth over a deal.

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Tottenham could wait until January to make a renewed bid for Leandro but are considering other targets to bolster their existing strikeforce of Emmanuel Adebayor, Jermain Defoe and Harry Kane.

Spurs are ready to spend up to £50m in the final week of the transfer window to take their summer spending up to £70m. Villas-Boas wants a striker and two midfielders, while an improved bid for Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has not been ruled out.

The priority is to sign a natural replacement for Modric and Villas-Boas has made it clear that Moutinho is his preferred target, with fresh talks planned as Spurs try to convince Porto to lower their £30m asking price.

A move for Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele is also being considered after his man-of-the-match display in central midfield against Manchester United on Saturday.

Defender Michael Dawson is still in talks with QPR over a move worth around £10m while Tom Huddlestone is still expected to join Stoke on loan. Spurs will also listen to offers for Jermaine Jenas, David Bentley and Giovani dos Santos as they look to trim their squad.

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