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Harry Redknapp at Anfield, May 2011.
Going back through countless stories since Tottenham and Internacional's partnership began, it is not clear when Damiao's name was first mentioned in regards to a move to North London.
May 2011 was when rumors about a transfer became more than just a passing reference in football gossip columns. After a mere paragraph on it a week earlier, the Daily Mail stepped up its reporting on Damiao to Spurs by suggesting that they had got a march on Arsenal and Manchester United in any potential deal.
Spurs had just concluded a memorable, but ultimately disappointing 2010-11 campaign. After a terrific run in the Champions League, their hopes of returning to the competition were ended after a poor run of fixtures in spring saw them finish fifth.
One of the major contributors to this had been the poor form of Spurs' strikers. Jermain Defoe, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Peter Crouch occasionally sparkled, but goals had mostly run dry. Harry Redknapp had struggled to find an attacking combination that got the best out of his forwards and his advanced midfield man, Rafael van der Vaart.
Redknapp seeking a solution to this was not surprising.
Other than for aficionados of South American football, the Internacional striker was largely unknown on British shores. Tottenham fans would soon become familiar with Damiao's name over the coming months.
The Daily Mail followed up their initial stories with another in June. A mooted £12 million bid was later reported as being turned down by Internacional, with a £16 million offer supposedly on the table in the closing days of the transfer window.
Redknapp would instead sign Emmanuel Adebayor on loan. The Damiao saga was only just beginning, and Metro suggested Spurs would be back in for him the following January.