Daimao subject of failed Tottenham bid as they close in on Sigurdsson

Leandro Damiao

Internacional striker Leandro Damiao has revealed that he was the subject  of a failed bid from Tottenham Hotspur as he looks set to stay in South America the Daily Mail report.

Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp held a long staring interest and had a £12million turned down two years ago according to the Brazilian international, who has nine caps for his country.

The 22-year-old claims the only bid received by Internacional was from the North London club despite interest from some of Europe’s elite clubs including Real Madrid and Juventus.

Daimao’s record 69 goals in 113 games for the Brasileirão side and will now remain at the Beira-Rio until 2014.

He told Sportv: “I’m glad for the interest and for the enquiries, but the only official offer was made by Tottenham.

“If there are other offers, we’ll talk, but for now I’m not worried. Internacional give all the best conditions for our work.

“I’m in a great moment right now and I intend to stay at Internacional until 2014 unless there is a good offer that is good for Internacional, not only for me.”

Meanwhile it emerged on Tuesday that managerless Spurs are set to pip Liverpool to the signature  Gylfi Sigurdsson after reportedly agreeing personal terms with the Hoffenheim midfielder and conducting an outline medical check.

Sigurdsson is wanted by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers after managing him during a successful loan spell at Swansea City last season and that could yet prove a crucial factor.

Sigurdsson was on the brink of signing for the south Wales club before Rodgers replaced Kenny Dalglish as manager on Merseyside earlier this month leading to the £6.8 million deal collapsing.

Rumours have gathered that chairman Daniel Levy is prepared to offer the 22-year-old a lucrative financial package to snub a move to Anfield in favour of White Hart Lane.

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