Long-term Tottenham strike target wanted by Milan in €11m deal

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Leandro Damiao, a former strike target for Tottenham Hotspur, could still land a big move to Europe this summer.

It is evidence at how Leandro Damiao's stock has fallen that his price tag in British monetary terms could dip below £10 million.

Just two years ago, the Brazilian was hailed as one of his country's top strikers, and figures discussed around his signature escalated to the £25-30 million region.

Top scorer at the Olympic football tournament in London, and a Copa Libertadores winner with Internacional, it was Tottenham Hotspur and Napoli who were most consistently linked to his signature.

He landed up signing for Brazilian rivals Santos, but is now being linked with another switch to a top European side.

Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claim that AC Milan are considering a move for Damiao in the region of €11 million, which could reduce further if Robinho is part-exchanged, who the Italians are keen to sell to his former club.

Damiao had hoped to be a part of Brazil's World Cup squad this summer, but has endured a difficult year.

A late injury kept him out of Brazil's Confederations Cup squad last summer, and the 24-year-old went onto have a wretched season in his homeland, scoring only five goals in 26 appearances, under the watchful gaze of his nation's critical media.

A move to Europe will finally be a fresh start for him, and Milan the profile of the club he aspired to. They like him are undergoing a rebuilding phase, under new manager Filipo Inzaghi.

Tottenham may be interested to hear of his potentially low price considering their previous interest, but whether he still appeals after his difficult season is another matter.

They too are a team making a fresh start under Mauricio Pochettino, but Damiao may be too far behind in their rear-view mirrors for serious consideration.

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