Time for Tottenham to actually secure Leandro Damiao

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The Premier League Owl

The Premier League Owl

When you think of Brazilian forwards, the stereotype isn’t necessarily that flattering. Technically-gifted, bizarrely-coiffured, but frustratingly self-indulgent.

That’s not Leandro Damiao, and Internacional’s biggest asset is more Zlatan Ibrahimovic than Neymar. He’s a goal-scorer, a poacher, a dominant forward with the physical presence and technique to be a real power in the Premier League.

In many ways, the transfer saga that exists between Damiao and Tottenham is reminiscent of Vicenzo Iaquinta drama from a few years ago: lots of rumours, plenty of talk, but no action.

But there’s one significant difference: this guy is actually worth the trouble.

Emmanuel Adebayor has now committed to the Africa Cup of Nations, and it’s time for Daniel Levy to react to that and meet whatever Internacional’s price may be. As with a lot of South Americans, Damiao is part owned by third parties, making any transfer potentially convoluted – but this is a player who could elevate Tottenham, and make them genuinely competitive at the very top of the English game.

This is someone who Levy cannot afford to miss out on, and it’s time for that ‘special relationship’ with Internacional to be used for the good – if Tottenham are unwilling to hand over the cash for Damiao, somebody else inevitably will.

The money is there, because we know that the club tried to spend £22m on Joao Moutinho in the Summer, so if the rumoured £15m fee is accurate, then there are no excuses for not getting this done. With Adebayor’s departure now imminent, Andre Villas-Boas cannot be equipped with just one forward for the next six weeks – that would be to do him a disservice.

Have the balls to pull the trigger on this, it’s been long enough.

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5 Comments on "Time for Tottenham to actually secure Leandro Damiao"

  1. spurred_on | Jan 9, 2013 at 10:53 pm |

    think the £47m release clause still applies so in our dreams…………..

  2. dont think 15m will get him…pretty sure they have already turned down this amount for him.. i get the feeling they are hoping that a chelsea/man city/psg/zenit etc type bid comes in for him (around 30m)… think i want him at the lane but will take 22mil plus to get him at i reks. its not down to levy its down to our budget ..levy will do his best to get him but wont risk the clubs financial position(rightly so).. one things for sure we need a top striker to partner/cover defoe now that ades done a u turn.

  3. Exactly, we should spend 20-25£ now (plus 1.6£ to bring in Holtby as well), make champions league now, buy one more player in the summer after selling the excess to reinforce for the CL, and challenge for the League title domestically. If we dont do it now whileaenal and chelsea are vulnurable we never will. Spend 20 million now and rake in a minimum 30 extra million every season because of champions league (incredibly important because of Financial Fair Play). If i was Levy id make them an offer they could not refuse and get the club to that next level

  4. 15m will not be enough dl will need to start at 20m asap

  5. JOHN ADAM | Jan 9, 2013 at 7:01 pm |

    By all means. Let us hurry to get Damiao before another club takes him. We badly need a striker of that calibre to make a difference to our scoring prowess. We need someone much better than Adebayor to be among the top clubs, if not the top, in the EPL.

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