Tottenham Transfer News: Are Spurs Making a Final Move for Leandro Damiao?

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIJanuary 30, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Leandro Damiao of Brazil reacts after scoring during the Men's Football Semi Final match between Korea and Brazil, on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Old Trafford on August 7, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur will reportedly make one last attempt to sign Internacional striker Leandro Damiao before the January winter transfer window closes.

The North London club have been linked with the Brazilian international heavily in the past six months, and were thought to be making a move for him once January rolled around—something that was further compounded by the departure of Emmanuel Adebayor on international duties.

And according to the latest reports, manager Andre Villas-Boas could be lining up a final day move to bring the 25-year-old to White Hart Lane.

Per The Independent:

Andre Villas-Boas has made just one transfer request to Daniel Levy—bring Leandro Damiao to Tottenham before the transfer window closes.

Tottenham chairman Levy has pursued Leandro, who plays for Internacional, since the summer of 2011 but the complicated nature of the deal means Spurs have so far been unable to complete it.

Until now, Levy’s preference has been to revisit the deal in the summer. Yet the shortage of options in attack at White Hart Lane and Villas-Boas’ admiration for Leandro, mean he could reconsider in the next 48 hours.

Yet, similarly to what it was earlier this month and then six months ago, a deal for Damiao simply doesn't seem like the move that Spurs will make.

Granted they do have Adebayor absent on international duties as well as some injury concerns to Jermain Defoe, but neither warrant spending the £15 million that would be needed to bring him in—especially not given the club's current situation.

Villas-Boas has his team playing very well at the moment and clear in fourth position; looking good to nab a Champions League berth next season.

They aren't traveling in the wrong direction or struggling to find goals—in fact, the club are doing the exact opposite. Spurs are playing good attacking football, and they have been for the most part of the 2012/13 Premier League season. They simply do not need to bring in a new striker to change the way in which they currently are operating.

Perhaps most importantly however, is the fact that Spurs have enough options at the top of their attack at the moment—without adding Damiao.

Jermain Defoe is firing this year, and has Adebayor and Clint Dempsey alongside him at the top of the attack. Throw into that mix Gylfi Sigurdsson, who the club signed at the start of the year, and that's four options at the top of the attack for Spurs.

Then consider that new signing Lewis Holtby could potentially be available for selection next weekend; that's now five options for Villas-Boas in attack.

Even with Adebayor away and Defoe struggling with injury, Spurs still have three very good players to turn to and simply don't need Damiao.

Questions will also exist about whether a deal can be pushed through for the Brazilian international given the reported complexity of his current contract, but those seem subservient to the very fact that Tottenham do not need the striker.

Levy has already pulled off the transfer coup of the winter in bringing Holtby to the club for next to nothing and earlier than promised—he doesn't need to now be convinced to spend 10 times that amount to try and bring in Damiao.

Not when Tottenham are traveling the way they are at the moment.

It seems like this rumor might have to wait until the summer again.


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