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Thursday 17 April 2014

Spurs target transfer window deal for Brazil striker Leandro Damiao

TOTTENHAM Hotspur are preparing one final attempt to sign Leandro Damiao before the transfer window closes tomorrow amid concern over a pelvic injury to Jermain Defoe, the club’s first-choice striker, that has been treated with a special ‘blood spinning’ procedure.

Defoe was left out of the Tottenham team that lost to Leeds United in the FA Cup on Sunday and, although he should return tonight against Norwich City, Andre Villas-Boas has acknowledged there would be some risk in him playing.



Villas-Boas also admitted that the club may still re-evaluate what he called “the striker positioning” before tomorrow. With Emmanuel Adebayor still involved in the Africa Cup of Nations, Damião remains his main target.



The possibility of Internacional being willing to sell Damião, who is valued at around £15 million, rose on Tuesday after the Brazilian club bought Luan from Palmeiras. The challenge for Tottenham, and their chairman Daniel Levy, is whether a deal can be concluded before the closure of the transfer window at 11pm on Thursday.



With Champions League football again within Tottenham’s grasp, it would certainly be a gamble to rely upon Defoe and Adebayor in the main striker’s position.



Defoe has scored just one goal in his last eight games and has undergone specialist treatment on his pelvis. “It was a grade one injury to his obturator muscle which was treated immediately,” said Villas-Boas. “We believe a lot in growth factor treatment and plasma platelet treatments. It is a technique that we have been using since the beginning of the season. It is not common but does happen from club to club.





“You take out the blood from any part of the body and spin it around. The plasma comes to the top of the blood and you are able to inject it back into the body and that is the part of the blood that heals injuries. It accelerates the recovery process.



“In muscle injuries there is always a risk of it showing up again, but the medical department feel positive about it and the player is positive and he knows his body well.”



Lewis Holtby, who completed his £1.25 million move from Schalke on Monday, could make his debut on Wednesday at Carrow Road. Villas-Boas hopes that Holtby can emulate the impact at Tottenham of Rafael van der Vaart, who returned to Hamburg last summer.



Tottenham are also still considering a late bid for Mohamed Diame, the West Ham United midfielder.



Jeremy Wilson, Telegraph.co.uk

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