DAMIAO IN SPURS TALKS
Tottenham Hotspur has been given permission by Internacional to speak to forward Leandro Damiao ahead of a move.
Spurs are yet to agree a deal but have been allowed to negotiate with Damiao before commencing talks with the club.
In a move pioneered by Tottenham’s director of sport, Franco Baldini, talks are set to begin this week with a view for completion late into the following week.
Tottenham have been chasing Damiao for the past two seasons but at last it seems a breakthrough in the deal has emerged.
Spurs aren’t the only team after the Brazilian striker, with Arsenal reportedly preparing a £10.5 million bid after rivalling their neighbours for the signing of Real Sociedad’s Antoine Griezmann.
The renewed interest in Damiao could signal the departure of Emmanuel Adebayor after the Spurs boss, Paddy, admitted he was keen to offload the former Arsenal man.
Adebayor’s exit has been somewhat confirmed and the only matter left the determine is to whom, with Benfica, West Ham United and Atletico Madrid all rumoured to be interested.
However, the Togolese’s wages could prove to be a sticky patch for all interested in signing him, Benfica being the only team willing to take Adebayor on loan.
The 29 year old is reportedly available for a cut price deal of £2 million but initially is requesting a wage packet in excess of the £100,000 a week he currently earns at Spurs.