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Internacional's Damiao wanted Tottenham move

Internacional striker Leandro Damiao admits he was close to making a summer move to Tottenham.

The 23-year old Brazilian has been the subject of interest from a number of clubs including Manchester City and Chelsea but it was Spurs who actually held formal talks regarding a transfer.

Andre Villas-Boas tried to get Damiao to White Hart Lane for around £17million but Internacional were holding out for more with the player revealing a move was indeed very close.

"There was a very good offer, both for me and for Internacional. But unfortunately it did not lead to a transfer," he said.

"The president Luigi Giovanni is very good and he knows what he's doing."

However, Damiao added that he does expect to leave his Brazilian club in the not-too-distant future.

"Someday soon I will definitely leave, but not just yet," he added.

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