By Greg Stobart
Tottenham have made a deadline-day attempt to sign Leandro Damiao with a bid worth €18.7 million for the Internacional striker.
Spurs have held fresh talks with the 23-year-old’s club, Internacional, over the last 48 hours and are now in advanced talks as they try to land their long-term target and boost their chances of a top four finish.
Sources at White Hart Lane believe a move before tonight’s 11pm transfer deadline remains ‘very difficult’, in large part due to third party ownership issues, with 30 per cent of Damiao’s economic rights held by third-party investors.
But the Londoners are making a late push to sign the Brazil international amid Emmanuel Adebayor’s continued participation at the African Cup of Nations and concerns over Jermain Defoe’s hip problem.
Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas and chairman Daniel Levy are both huge fans of Damiao and the club have chased the player for two years, only to fail to agree a deal with Internacional.
They had put their plans to bid for Damiao on hold until the summer but are now making a late push to complete a move on the final day of the window after receiving indications that Internacional are ready to strike a deal.
Damiao, who has 14 caps for Brazil, caught the eye as he finished top scorer in the 2012 Olympic Games with six goals but then struggled for form and fitness during the Brazilian domestic season last year.
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