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Tottenham’s hopes of Brazilian duo hit by Liverpool and Barcelona

| 08.09.2011

The transfer window may have shut but clubs are still keeping tabs on players and, unfortunately for Harry Redknapp, Leandro Damiao caught the attention of Barcelona on Monday night.

The Internacional striker scored the winning goal in Brazil’s 1-0 win over Ghana at Craven Cottage on Monday, and his first goal for Brazil has highlighted his potential.

Damiao emerged as a target for Tottenham Hotspur this summer as Harry Redknapp searched for the striker that could fire Spurs into the top four, and with 38 goals in 65 appearance for Internacional, Damiao certainly has the potential to do so.

Spurs seemed to be the only club tracking Damiao this summer but his goal for Brazil on only his third start has alerted the attention of Barcelona which comes as a big blow to Tottenham.

With the Brazilian season finishing in December, Tottenham are considering a move for Damiao in the January transfer window should Adebayor fail to shine in the opening half of his loan spell.

Meanwhile Redknapp is also keeping tabs on Sao Paulo’s attacking midfielder Lucas.

The 19-year-old has been included in FIFA’s players to watch in 2011 list and with seven starts already under his belt for the Brazilian national team, he’s considered a very bright prospect in Brazil.

So much of a prospect that Liverpool and Inter Milan are also keeping tabs on the youngster and as Lucas is a room-mate of his namesake at Liverpool when Brazil are on international duty, Liverpool may have the edge.

Lucas has scored three goals in his last four games for Sao Paulo, including a goal in last Wednesday’s game with Atletico Mineiro and with seven goals in 15 appearances for his club this season, it’s no wonder Europe’s top clubs are tracking him.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.