Video: Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao shows Tottenham fans what they missed out on

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Leandro Damiao once came closing to signing for Tottenham Hotspur in a £13 million deal and showed fans a glimpse of what could have been this week.

Harry Kane may be papering over the cracks for Tottenham in front of goal at present, but with Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor failing to impress, Spurs fans will be all too aware of the need for goalscoring reinforcements this summer.

Leandro Damiao is a name no doubt familiar to fans of the Lilywhites persuasion.

Back in January 2013, the Brazilian striker came close to signing for Tottenham, with the Guardian among those to report on a failed last-gasp deadline day bid of £13 million for the then-Internacional striker.

At the time, Damiao’s employers baulked at the offer, which they felt was some way below their valuation of the Brazil international.

It was thought that Tottenham would return with an improved bid the following summer but with negotiations subsequently hitting something of a stalemate, the entire deal ultimately collapsed.

The Express then reported just last summer that Damiao was back on the market, with Tottenham and North London rivals Arsenal among the possible interested parties, though the speculation ultimately came to nothing.

Fast-forward to the present day and with Spurs struggling in front of goal, Kane aside of course, Damiao is starting to rediscover the form that once made him a coveted target for many clubs in Europe.

Still residing in his native Brazil, the 25-year-old is currently on loan at Cruzeiro, having spent the previous campaign with Santos, where he managed 11 goals in 44 outings.

Though it remains early days at the Belo Horizonte side, Damiao has hit the ground running with nine goals in 12 appearances to date.

The most notable of these came this week in the Copa Libertadores, with the forward showcasing his power, skill and finishing qualities with a fine goal in a 3-0 victory over Mineros de Guayana.

Still relatively young and likely to earn a national team recall on current form, Tottenham may want to consider having another look at the man who nearly moved to White Hart Lane.

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