Summer Transfer Window: Tottenham Look to Damiao and Oscar, Loan out Khumalo

Russell Hughes@rusty_hughesContributor IIIJuly 7, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 27:   Leandro Damiao of Brazil has his effort stopped by Allan McGregor of Scotland during the International friendly match between Brazil and Scotland at Emirates Stadium on March 27, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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New Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas is looking to South America to strengthen his squad, and is set to make a further bid to sign striker Leandro Damiao from Brazilian side Internacional.

Reports in the Mirror indicate that Spurs have already had a bid of around £12m turned down by the side. Damiao has already scored 12 goals in 18 appearances this season, adding to the 35 he scored in the 2011/2012 season. Standing 6'1" and weighing 86 kg, the striker brings power as well as that South American flair.

Another Internacional player, Oscar, has also confirmed that Tottenham are interested in the 20-year-old Brazilian. According to a Mirror report he said, "I don't know what might happen, I'm not thinking of it right now. It's not only Tottenham who want me. Offers always come for me, Damiao and whoever is showing up." Standing at 5'8" and weighing only 66kg, the Brazilian could struggle to adapt to a much more physical league.

However, his statistics are impressive. In the 2011/2012 season, he scored 14 goals and is credited with 14 assists in 51 games. If he was persuaded to join White Hart Lane, he would join another attacking midfielder in Gylfi Sigurdsson, who joined earlier in the window from German side Hoffenheim.

Villas-Boas has let South African defender Bongani Khumalo join Greek side PAOK Thessaloniki on a season long loan. The imposing defender joined Spurs on a free transfer after impressing previous manager Harry Redknapp after a trial, and spent last season on loan at Reading.