Long-term £21.5m AVB striker target linked with €13m third-party buyout and Santos switch

Leandro Damiao V S Korea

Leandro Damiao is a a long-term target for Andre Villas-Boas and Tottenham Hotspur. But he is linked with a confusing transfer this morning.

One area which has been a problem for Tottenham Hotspur this season and last has been scoring goals, and a general lack of striking options among the team.

That has certainly not changed this term with Roberto Soldado and Jermain Defoe lacking consistency and Emmanuel Adebayor being out of favour for most of the campaign.

One striker they have targeted in the past was Brazilian Leandro Damiao, who was valued at £21.5 million by his Brazilian club this summer - Southampton, Napoli and Marseille also showed an interest.

There was little wonder why.

He had been a goal-machine in Brazil up until this season. Damiao has just 13 goals this term - a massive decrease in the amount of goals he has scored for Internacional compared to previous seasons.

He is also out of the Brazilian national team, Internacional are languishing in mid-table and he has not scored goals at anything like the fluid rate necessary to earn a move to the continent.

Which might make the stories concerning a move to Santos this morning carry water.

It is reported in Italy that Doyen Sports, a third party who have previously been involved with the likes of Radamel Falcao, Steven Defour and Geoffrey Kondogbia, are ready to ‘invest’ in the services of Leandro Damiao for a fee of €13 million.

That will give them 70% control of his contract and therefore they can transfer him to another club for a fraction of the price for the team considered.

But his form and the new apparent ownership confusion will make him even more of an unattractive purchase to continental clubs this winter.

So the team believed to be favourites in the race to sign him are Santos.

The Brazilian powerhouse believe they can tempt him into a move - as Damiao may feel a switch could give him the spark needed to kick him into action next season. He could cite the recent success of Ganso, who is finally back to his best and pushing for a World Cup place, with his form for Sao Paulo since a move from Santos.

AVB has been interested in Damiao since he was Porto boss - and he was reportedly earmarked as Falcao’s future replacement before AVB himself left for Chelsea.

But now more than ever it seems Damiao may never play in the Premier League.

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