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Spurs face huge transfer battle for South American star

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Tottenham Hotspur could face a huge battle in their pursuit of Brazilian star Leandro Damiao after it was revealed he wants to join Real Madrid when he eventually comes to Europe.

Spurs have been long-term admirers of the 23-year-old and tried to bring him to White Hart Lane two years ago. Then-Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp was left frustrated, however, as the player’s club, Internacional, wanted more than the reported £14 million that was offered by Spurs.

Reports from TalkSPORT now suggest new manager Andre Villas-Boas is also keen on the player and Tottenham are understood to be ready to launch a move during the January transfer window.

This may prove futile, however, as Damiao has gone on record to state he preference is to join Jose Mourinho’s Spanish champions when he leaves South America for Europe.

The striker insists he is happy at his current club and wants to focus on improving his game and scoring goals for Internacional.

Damiao also spoke of his desire to move to the Bernabeu however, telling UOL: “Every footballer dreams of playing at a club such as Real Madrid but I’m only 23 and there is plenty of time to take that step forward.

“I have a contract and I love it here and don’t feel the need to move away right now. Even so, it’s obvious that the day will come when I will leave Brazil to go and play in Europe.”

Tottenham currently sit  in seventh position in the Barclays Premier League, however, they have lost three of their last four games as injuries cripple Villas-Boas’ squad.

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