AVB's top Tottenham Hotspur striker target Leandro Damiao poised for shock loan move

Leandro Damiao is tipped for a loan move in Brazil.

Leandro Damiao is poised to take a new step in his career after a poor 12 months at Santos.

The striker is expected to seal a move to fellow Brazilian side Cruzeiro in a bid to boost his flagging career.

Just over two years ago, Damiao was one of the hottest properties in world football, and scored six goals for Brazil's under-23 team at the Olympic Games football tournament.

He had scored a staggering 40 goals in 53 games for Internacional and was attracting attention from teams across Europe.

One side linked repeatedly were Tottenham Hotspur, and former boss Andre Villas-Boas confirmed last week he wanted to sign him.

He told Portuguese television: "The chairman proposed a challenge to increase Tottenham's competitive level, but immediately [Luka] Modric left and we didn't get any of the targets I had identified, such as Joao Moutinho, Willian, Oscar or Leandro Damiao."

Damiao's career has been on a downwards spiral in recent times however. A late injury kept him out of Brazil's 2013 Confederations Cup, and his form simply didn't warrant selection for the 2014 World Cup.

In between he had missed his chance to move to Europe and signed with Santos, but has struggled, scoring only six times in 26 games this season.

Now he hopes a loan move to Cruzeiro and a different style of football will be to his benefit. He seems like he needs a change of scenery and it could be a switch which gets his career back on track.

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