Tottenham Hotspur latest: Including Damiao and Defoe

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Having missed out on David Villa, Tottenham may need to act fast to avoid Leandro Damiao heading elsewhere too.

Napoli had an €18 million bid rejected by Internacional earlier this week, but are thought to be ready to up their offer.

The Brazilian club have subsequently named their price, with president Giovanni Luigi stating: "Our player is worth €25m, not a penny less, and if Napoli want him then he’s going to cost €25m. We’re here and ready to talk."

While a message direct to Napoli, the implication is clear for other suitors including Tottenham. Stump up the cash and you can have him.

Jermain Defoe has meanwhile welcomed talk of further strikers arriving at the club this summer, urging the club to increase competition.

He told The Sun: "I'm a forward but I can't be the only forward at a club," Defoe told The Sun. "Over the years, the clubs who've won titles have had several strikers.

"When Manchester United won the treble in 1999 they had unbelievable forwards like Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Dwight Yorke - you need that.

"If you want to do well it's important to have competition. It will definitely help us to bring more goals into the team."

On HITC today we have taken a look at why keeping Gareth Bale and signing Paulinho already makes Tottenham well-placed to build on their record Premier League points total from last season and finish in the top four.

Paulinho is also set for major recognition in his homeland, as one of three players put forward by his national football federation to front a multi-million sponsorship campaign along with Lucas Moura and Oscar, replacing Kaka whose deal will expire in August.

Former 'next big thing' John Bostock has signed a permanent deal with Belgian club Royal Antwerp. The 21-year-old was released by Spurs at the beginning of the month after failing to break through into the first team or impress on loan spells in the lower leagues.

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