West Ham striker solution would rule out move for £21.5m long-term Spurs target

Diego Forlan

Leandro Damiao looks unlikely to leave Internacional this January - as Diego Forlan continues to talk up an exit.

West Ham United are clearly lacking in one area this season - up front. They spent big in the summer on the signature of Andy Carroll from Liverpool - but the giant Geordie has spent the entire season so far out injured with a terrible heel injury.

He has also suffered with a nasty stomach virus and his weight loss has been rather severe - leaving genuine worries over whether he will manage to play at all this season.

With that in mind Sam Allardyce is looking far and wide for a striking recruit - it even forced him to re-sign Carlton Cole last month.

Another player being linked with a move to Upton Park recently has been former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan.

The Uruguayan may be 34-years-old but he still brings with him a wealth of talent and experience that could hopefully help steer The Hammers away from the Premier League relegation zone.

He is now said to be ready for one last punt at European football - with West Ham seemingly number one on the list.

He is currently playing for Internacional Porto Alegre in Brazil - but with his side languishing in mid-table a move away now is logical.

Today he even addressed the issue … stating:

“I know there are some offers – we’ll see which ones are true and which ones will prove to be mere speculation. Then we’ll talk with the chairman of Internacional.”

But his departure would effectively end any potential move for Leandro Damiao. The talented striker has been linked with the likes of Marseille and Napoli in the past - but is a long-term target of Andre Villas-Boas.

AVB has tried to sign him for both Porto and Spurs but on each occasion found himself stunned at the asking price, of around £21.5 million, for the player.

That asking price is now likely to have reduced as the Brazilian goes through a rather less goal-frenzied period of form - which may have ended any interest from AVB anyway.

But Damiao is desperate to play for Brazil at the World Cup - and a move to rejuvenate form might just do the trick.

But if Forlan leaves for West Ham the chances of Internacional selling their other front-line striker to Spurs, or anyone for that matter, plummet.

It looks like Damiao will stay in Porto Alegre for another Transfer Window.

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