Leandro Damiao: Landing Brazilian Striker Would Be Huge for Tottenham

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 2, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11:   Leandro Damiao of Brazil reacts to a missed chance by team mate Oscar in injury time during the Men's Football Final between Brazil and Mexico on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is reportedly interested in acquiring Brazilian duo Leandro Damiao and Willian, according to the Daily Mirror.

Damiao, of course, is the 22-year-old striker who boosted Brazil to a silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics. 

Villas-Boas said, via the Daily Mirror report:

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.

Spurs is seeking a third-place finish in the Premier League, riding an electric offense that has scored the fourth-most goals in the EPL, led by veteran forward Jermain Defoe (10 goals). Adding a budding player like Damiao would only strengthen the squad and as well as give it hope for the future.

There is a bit of a snag, however. Brazil's Internacional reportedly won't sell Damiao for less than £20 million, and a package deal containing Willian would cost around £37 million. As of now, the acquisition appears to be a tough task for Spurs.

Nonetheless, there is still hope for Villas-Boas to pull off what would be a tremendous coup. Spurs has already had an impressive campaign. Adding Damiao would just be the icing on the cake. The youngster's shooting ability and killer instinct was on full display in the London Olympics.

It's not the end of the world for Spurs if they don't land Damiao, and they are certainly a solid squad right now, but there is no question the acquisition would make them even more noteworthy. In the competitive Premier League, you need all the help you can get and the 22-year-old Brazilian would certainly be a strong addition.

Pairing up Damiao with Defoe and Gareth Bale would be a difficult combination to defend for anyone, and there would still be plenty of room to grow.


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