Wednesday, 29th August, 2012
Brazilian giants Internacional have revealed that Tottenham Hotspur did make a recent bid for striker Leandro Damiao – but insist it was quickly rejected as it did not meet their valuation of the player.
Damiao is a man that Internacional have been desperate to keep hold of this summer, despite serious interest from a number of clubs, including AC Milan.
English Premier League outfit Spurs however, opted to submit a bid for the Brazil international in the hope that a deal could be struck and, what would have been the transfer coup of the window, completed.
Internacional though were not interested in playing ball and informed Spurs’ representatives that, at the level their offer was set at, Damiao would be staying put.
"Our intention is that Leandro Damiao will not leave this summer. He is an Inter player until December", said Internacional vice-president Luciano Davi to Globoesporte.
"The proposal that was presented was not adequate and we are not interested in selling him.
"Tottenham came to us. The proposal did not reach the numbers that we at Inter believe he is worth.
"Damiao is in the Brazilian national team and he needs to be valued as such."
Spurs were able to view the 23-year-old at close quarters this summer as he turned out for Brazil’s 2012 Olympic Games team.
Damiao finished the men’s football competition as top scorer, finding the back of the net an impressive six times in six games, and sending his already high stock further into orbit.