Tottenham Hotspur given boost in Damiao pursuit, but is he their best option?

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Internacional's President has indicated a move to England is on the cards this summer, but should Tottenham Hotspur spend their money closer to home?

With the failure to land a new striker in January looking increasingly likely to cost Tottenham Hotspur in their pursuit of Champions League football this season, the club are no doubt already mulling over how to address this problem in their squad this summer.

Their love affair with Leandro Damiao is likely to continue, and Spurs' attempts to sign the Brazilian striker have been given a welcome boost by Giovanni Luigi, the President of Internacional, who has said that Damiao is very likely to move to England in the coming year.

Luigi also seemed to rule out a switch to Napoli, who have been reported as in pole position to sign Damiao in recent weeks, leaving Spurs a relatively clear run at the player they have coveted for so long.

Damiao is clearly an immense talent, but given that he will probably cost Spurs upwards of £16million, he would be a sizeable gamble for them to take, and there might be better options that they could look at instead.

Christian Benteke's heroics for Aston Villa could well see Paul Lambert's side into next year's Premier League, making the Belgian a far harder target to pursue. However if he was available for not much more than Damiao, Benteke would seem a better target due to the Premier League experience he has gained this season.

Loic Remy will also be on the market this summer, perhaps for half as much as Damiao, and given Daniel Levy's style in the transfer market in the past, the French striker might be a more likely target. Outside of England Alvaro Negredo is a proven goalscorer for Sevilla, as is Roberto Soldado for Valencia.

Damiao would be a superb signing for Spurs, and he could become a world class forward over the next few years, but he brings an element of risk with him, and for £16million there are several other options who might be a safer bet for the team.

What do you think? Should Tottenham Hotspur go all out for Damiao?

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