Tottenham Hotspur fans know better than most the perils of getting carried away with speculation linking them with young Brazilian players, having spent the past few transfer windows being disappointed in their failure to complete the signing of Leandro Damiao in particular.
This year, along with the now compulsory links with the Internacional striker, Spurs are rumoured to be chasing Atletico Mineiro winger Bernard.
The 20-year-old has become one of the most highly rated young players in Brazil this season, excelling alongside Ronaldinho in the Atletico side that recently qualified for the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores.
With that tournament set to conclude on the 24th July, Spurs might have a long wait to finalise any deal for Bernard; who is also in the Brazil squad for this months Confederations Cup.
A skillful and pacy winger, Bernard would bring plenty of excitement to Spurs and an extra dimension to their attack, but would he be a better signing than long-term target Leandro Damiao?
Even if Bernard is rated as the more promising of the pair Spurs are in more need of a striker this transfer window, and this summer they look more likely than ever to finally seal a deal for the 23-year-old.
Damiao is also the exact kind of striker they need to lead the line in either the 4-2-3-1 Andre Villas-Boas preferred last season, or the 4-3-3 he might introduce next year. The Internacional player might not have been this prolific this season as he has been in the past, but he has all the attributes to be a success at White Hart Lane.
Of course there is every chance Spurs will not sign either player, or they could target both, but which player would be the most welcome at White Hart Lane? Bernard has the bigger air of excitement around him right now, but if Spurs finally land Damiao, they might find out he was worth the wait after all.
Tottenham Hotspur fans, who would you rather see at White Hart Lane; Bernard or Leandro Damiao? Or should the club be focusing on players proven in European football?
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