Ever since the name of Leandro Damiao first emerged in connection with a move to Spurs, a whole host of other clubs have been linked with hijacking the deal.
Here in England, Arsenal and Liverpool were two clubs to get a mention while it was recently thought that Barcelona were in pole position to sign the Internacional striker.
However, once a team from the former Soviet Union gets involved, unless you’re Manchester City, it’s probably time to admit defeat. Shakhtar Donetsk from the Ukraine are the latest club to be linked and it’s suggested that a £40m fee will be backed up with some considerable wages.
Spurs are unlikely to be able to compete with that kind of money but a report today suggests that we are still in the frame thanks to our Chairman’s ‘close’ relationship with Damiao’s Brazilian employers.
That relationship began with the transfer of Sandro last year but whether it will be enough to see Spurs regain the lead in the chase for Leandro Damiao remains to be seen.