£3.7m Tottenham reject to head back to Brazil to link with Damiao?

Tottenham nearly man Bruno Uvini is likely to return to his homeland after another unsuccessful European spell.

Back in February 2012 Tottenham Hotspur announced the loan of a young defender from Brazil named Bruno Uvini.

The Brazil under-20 World Cup winner was ineligible to play competitively, with the loan intended to get him acclimatised to London, but also acting as a three-month trial with a £3.7m fee agreed in principle.

The defender said at the time: "To play the Champions League is every player's dream, in the preparation period ahead of matches we used to watch the games and play it in video games too. I hope this is the right path for me."

Almost two years on, the defender is still to play in the competition, as Tottenham decided against signing the youngster, and of course have not been in the tournament themselves since.

He has got close. Italian side Napoli decided they did want to take a gamble on the centre-back, paying £2.6m for him.

Even that hasn't gone to plan however. He played in one Europa League game last season, and was loaned to Siena, where he didn't even make an appearance.

Rafa Benitez used him briefly in one Serie A game this season, but Uvini has been left out ever since.

Now a return to Brazil beckons for the 22-year-old. Lancenet report that Santos are preparing to make an offer to to sign him to fill a defensive void at the club.

There he will be reunited with new signing Leandro Damiao, who himself was wanted by Tottenham, and who he played alongside at Sao Paulo.

It's hard to wish him anything but the best of luck. Two years ago he was a top prospect looking to make waves in European football, but he has played just two games in that time, at a crucial stage of his development.

Moving back 'home' should be just the move to get Uvini back on track.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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