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Internacional expect to keep Damiao

August 28, 2012
By ESPN staff

Internacional have told Tottenham Hotspur they have no desire to sell Brazil striker Leandro Damiao.

Leandro Damiao netted for Internacional
GettyImagesLeandro Damiao is a reported target of Tottenhamp

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Spurs have a significant transfer kitty to spend by Friday following the sale of Luka Modric to Real Madrid and are expected to make more than one signing in the coming days, but their hopes of signing Damiao look slim, with Internacional vice-president Luciano Davi warning they would have to significantly increase their offer.

"Our intention is that Leandro Damiao doesn't leave this year," Davi told Globo Esporte. "He is an Internacional player until December. Their offer wasn't relevant and we are not interested in selling him.

"Tottenham came to us but their offer didn't match our valuation of him. Leandro Damiao is a national team striker and we have to value that."

Willian, Hugo Lloris and Yann M'Vila have also emerged as targets for Tottenham.

Fulham's Moussa Dembele is another player to be linked with a move to White Hart Lane, but a source has told ESPN: "There has been no approach from Spurs for Dembele."

Dembele, 25, is a reported target of Manchester United after the Belgium impressed during Fulham's 3-2 loss at Old Trafford Saturday. It is understood the Cottagers value the midfielder at £15 million.