There had been talk of Spurs making a January bid for long term target Leandro Damiao even before the reports of Emmanuel Adebayor’s likely lack of availability. As Ade seems set for a stint at the African Cup of Nations, Spurs’ need for striking reinforcements intensifies so could a link that has dragged on for almost two years finally be coming to a conclusion?
Last week, head coach Andre Villas-Boas claimed that two Brazilians – Damiao and Shakhtar’s Willian were real targets for the club.
“We got in touch with Willian and he is one of the players that interests us,” Villas-Boas was quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror “I like his style, but we could not reach the value Shakhtar were asking. It does not mean we won’t try again.”
On the subject of Damiao AVB added,
“For Damiao, he had a spectacular Olympics. We follow the best players and youngsters. Leandro fits this profile.
“He has had injuries after London 2012, but he is a player that is always on our list.”
The player has indeed struggled to make the same impact that he did at the start of his career but those injuries may just have brought the transfer fee back within the club’s reach. In the summer the claims regarding the fee had reached £25m +, particularly after the Olympics but will the club look to act before the end of this month?