Tottenham are ready to up the ante in their long time pursuit of the Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao, according to Goal.com. Spurs Boss Andre Villas-Boas has wanted the Internacional striker since he was in charge at Chelsea, and wants his board to stretch out to make the signing.
According to the website, Tottenham will make an official bid of £15 million during the January transfer window in order to add firepower up front to push for a Champions League spot.
The 23-year-old is a highly rated goal poaching striker who is a menace to defenders, he has featured heavily for his National side at senior level and at youth level. Villas-Boas is a keen admirer of the striker and see's him as the perfect fit. Damiao finished as top scorer in the recent London 2012 Olympic tournament and has got 14 goals for his country.
It seems that Internacional have been reluctant to let their star asset leave but might be ready to listen to offers and could find the fee too tempting to refuse.
Although both parties refuse to agree that the deal is anything to do with Spurs forward Emanual Adebayor deciding to take a u-turn and actually join his National squad Togo, in the African Nations Cup. It is thought that Spurs have always wanted Damiao and were in pursuit of him regardless.
The deal could become complicated with the usual third party ownership issues as you see often these days with footballers. But Spurs are confident in pushing the deal through before the window closes at the end of this month.
The White Hart Lane side are still looking to bring Porto midfield maestro Joao Moutinho during this window and will look to secure both deals, potentially adding some top players to their already strong looking squad.