Totteham set to miss out on Damiao as QPR line up Parker

Southampton have surprisingly moved ahead of Spurs in the race to land highly rated Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao.

Tottenham have held a long term interest in the player and have made a number of attempts to sign the 23 year old in the last 18 months.

It was widely believed that the Internacional striker would indeed make a switch to White Hart Lane this summer however while Damiao’s agent Jorge Machado claims that talks with an unnamed Premier League club about a move reports in Brazil are claiming that the team in question is Southampton.

Speaking to UOL, Machado confirmed that talks were indeed taking place, “There is a club interested [in Leandro], “We have been talking with Internacional for many days, but we have to wait. Inter have set a value, which is very significant, so we need to have more talks.”

Internacional meanwhile have moved to squash those the club’s director of football Luis Cesar de Souto Moura telling Radio Guaiba “There is no offer for Leandro Damiao,”

“We understand the following as an offer: when an agent or club make an official enquiry and expresses interest in the player.”

Moura did however spell out how much would be required to land the hotshot, adding “An offer for Leandro Damiao will only be considered if it’s around €25 million,”

The news will come as a blow to Andre Villas-Boas who has so far failed in his attempts to bolster his forward line while should Southampton capture the signature of the highly rated 16 times capped forward it would signal their ambitions for the new season.

Meanwhile talk of Scott Parker’s future at Spurs has intensified with reports suggesting that Harry Redknapp is keen on a reunion with the tough tackling midfielder.
Redknapp signed Parker whilst in charge at White Hart Lane and according to the London Evening Standard wants to bring the player to QPR to spearhead a promotion push.

Spurs are believed to have placed a £2 million price tag on the 32 year old and while QPR are willing to meet this price it is thought that Fulham could thwart any deal while Sunderland are also keeping an eye on the situation.

The England International is keen to stay in the Premier League especially with a World Cup looming in 2014 and that should work in Fulham and Sunderland’s favour.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.