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Ian Wright says Arsenal fans trusting in Arsene Wenger are deluded

If you trust in Arsene you're deluded! Wright joins other Gunners legends and turns on Wenger

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UPDATED:

17:44 GMT, 14 December 2012

Ian Wright has labelled Arsenal fans 'deluded' if they still support Arsene Wenger as manager, joining a host of Arsenal legends in rounding on the Gunners' boss.

Speaking on Absolute Radio, the former Arsenal striker said: 'There’s a lot of deluded Arsenal fans, who are out in the wilderness, still saying “In Arsene We Trust” and all that.

'It is a unique position that Wenger is in – I think that any other manager in any country, in any world, with a record like this and no prospect of light at the end of the tunnel – they would have been gone by now.

Speak your mind: Ian Wright blasted Arsenal fans who still backed the sentiment of 'In Wenger we trust'

Speak your mind: Ian Wright blasted Arsenal fans who still backed the sentiment of 'In Wenger we trust'

And Wright, one of Arsenal’s greatest ever forwards, has called on Arsenal and their manager to start being honest with their supporters.

'When you hear him do interviews after a game and say that he has a great team with a good spirit – well, hang on a minute, we really are not seeing that.

'He may be seeing something in training that we aren’t seeing but he doesn’t tell the truth and say what is happening. And what I’ve said for years and years is that I want some transparency.

'I just want to know, what is going on Have you (Wenger) got any money to spend or haven’t you Is it the board not giving you the money to spend or is it the case that the board are giving you money to spend but you aren’t spending it

'Is that too hard a question to answer Arsenal, with the size of that club that I love, should not be in the predicament that it finds itself in right now.'

However, Wright does not believe that Wenger will choose to leave the club out of his own volition, telling presenter Christian O’Connell replied: 'No. He won’t step down. I don’t think he’s that kind of person.'

The former England striker is the latest in a series of former Arsenal heroes who have blasted Wenger since Arsenal’s penalty shoot-out defeat to Bradford in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

Pressure: Arsene Wenger is under the cosh at the moment with fans and former club legends turning on him

Pressure: Arsene Wenger is under the cosh at the moment with fans and former club legends turning on him

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit, who spent three years at the club in the 1990s, has this morning claimed that Arsenal are now seen as a stepping stone to greater things and fears that the club will struggle to attract top-name signings given their current form.

Petit, 42, said: 'The big worry today is that even if Arsenal have the money who are they going to get to join the club now

'The idea they have been giving off for seven years is that it’s a club which doesn’t win trophies and at the end of the season their best players will leave.

'The feeling is that Arsenal are creating a generation of players who will leave in the hope of going to another club in order to win something.'

Meanwhile, Wenger has also come under fire from former Arsenal boss George Graham, who has criticised the manager and the board for their lack of ambition in the transfer market, and does not believe that the club are capable of winning another Premier League title.

Graham, who also managed Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur, told The Sun: “I don’t think Arsenal are ever going to compete with Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Struggle: Emmanuel Petit (left) said big name players might not want to join the club

Struggle: Emmanuel Petit (left) said big name players might not want to join the club

'I thought they could have competed with United because they don’t spend the money the other two do, but Arsenal are not going to compete with them either.

'They have got a structure at the club on transfers and wages. They are very strict on those. They have more or less said to fans that is the way they are going to run the club.

'They can still pick up cups and qualify for Europe, but will they win the Premier League title again I can’t see it.'

However, former Gunners’ midfielder Ray Parlour has defended Wenger, explaining that Wenger will be dealing with the issues behind the scenes.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, he explained: 'I played under Arsene Wenger and thought he was a great manager when I was there. He was always one of those managers you could talk to.'

Silverware: George Graham (right) and Tony Adams at the end of the 1990-91 season in which Arsenal won the title and the former picked up the manager of the year trophy

Silverware: George Graham (right) and Tony Adams at the end of the 1990-91 season in which Arsenal won the title and the former picked up the manager of the year trophy

'Arsene Wenger is one of those sort of guys who will always try to stick up for his players.

'We would have meetings after games and it would all come out in the dressing room, which (is how) it should be. It is a private matter between the players, the manager and the staff.

'It was quite embarrassing to lose to Bradford, there is no doubting that, but I think he is one of those guys who does criticise people behind the scenes instead of in the press.'

England"s patience paid off against India – Steven Finn

Patience paid off for England, admits Finn after India collapse in third Test

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UPDATED:

13:07 GMT, 8 December 2012

Steven Finn believes England earned reward for their patience after a stunning afternoon session catapulted them to the brink of victory in the third Test against India.

India collapsed after lunch on the fourth day, losing six for 36, to at one stage leave them staring at the prospect of an innings defeat.

The hosts had been 86 for none at lunch but they folded after Graeme Swann bowled Virender Sehwag with the first ball after the break.

Main man: Steven Finn helped England move towards victory in the third Test

Main man: Steven Finn helped England move towards victory in the third Test

A determined unbeaten 83 from Ravichandran Ashwin slowed England's progress, however, the tourists will begin the final day tomorrow expectant of leaving Eden Gardens 2-1 ahead in the four-Test series.

India will resume 32 runs ahead, with just Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha left to defy England's bowlers, who were led by Finn's three for 37 today.

'It was hard for us to get that first wicket but we stuck to our guns and we stuck to the plans we have worked towards in the series and that paid off,' he said.

'At lunch we said that we needed to up it a bit. We needed to focus on how we wanted to get the batsmen out.

'We got lucky with the run out and we had a very good ball first up after lunch.

'I thought we worked hard.'

Under pressure: Virender Sehwag

Under pressure: Virender Sehwag

Finn grabbed the key wickets of Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli before noticeable reverse swing trapped Zaheer Khan in front.

Asked about the late swing he found, Finn said: 'That is something I like doing.

'When you come out here it is something that you have to be able to do.
“It's a good weapon for us to have. It has done it more here than at the other grounds because the wicket is more abrasive.'

Despite India's predicament Sehwag retained hope they could yet claim an unlikely draw.

'We lost six wickets in a session which is disappointing,' he said.

'But we are still fighting. Something could happen tomorrow and we could draw the Test match.'

The right-hander did admit, however, that his fellow batsmen had lacked the application required today, but denied they had been left red-faced by Ashwin's innings late in the day.

'It's not embarrassment. He's part of the team and he's a good player,' he said.

'He has a different style that can work. My style is different.

'If you apply yourself on this wicket I don't think it is too difficult to score runs.'

Rangers supporters "to accept" Ibrox renaming… but only if there"s a cash injection, says fans chief

Rangers supporters 'to accept' Ibrox renaming… but only if there's a cash injection, says fans' chief

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01:08 GMT, 30 November 2012

A leading Rangers fans chief has claimed the renaming of Ibrox would be reluctantly accepted — if it meant a serious injection of cash into the club’s coffers.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is believed to be willing to pay Rangers for the right to rebrand Ibrox the Sports Direct Arena — to promote his sports retail empire.

Ashley, who is said to have already invested 1million in the Glasgow club, caused fury on Tyneside a year ago by renaming St James’ Park the Sports Direct Arena.

What's in a name: Mike Ashley is in talks over the naming rights of Ibrox

What's in a name: Mike Ashley is in talks over the naming rights of Ibrox

It has subsequently reverted to its original name, however, but as Sportsmail revealed, the English businessman has floated a similar idea to Rangers chief executive Charles Green.

A Rangers spokesman told Sportsmail: ‘Charles Green has always said he would consider proposals to the benefit of the club, including naming rights. But no decisions have been taken on any specific proposals.’

While Ashley’s suggestion is sure to rile some Ibrox traditionalists, John McMillan, general secretary of the Rangers Supporters Assembly, believes that given the club’s current predicament, pragmatism must come first.

‘In an ideal world I’d rather it was left as Ibrox. But we’ve also got to realise that there’s an obligation to maximise whatever income we can get,’ McMillan said.

‘I’m sure a lot of people would be upset and annoyed at it and, while I wouldn’t like to see it renamed myself, that’s just the way
the modern game is going.

What's in a name: Mike Ashley is in talks over the naming rights of Ibrox

Cash injection: Mike Ashley has already ploughed 1million into ailing Rangers

‘You’ve got to get as much money in as you can. I can sympathise with fans who would be upset, but I’d hope that if it does happen, it’s just the way things have to be.

‘I don’t think you would start saying to your pals ‘I’m going up to the X Arena today’ — it would still be Ibrox to supporters in our hearts and heads.

‘What club in Scotland can afford to turn down what I presume would be substantial sums of money

‘If the manager was given money to invest in the team, supporters would be more understanding.

Mark Hughes confident over QPR future ahead of El Sackico

Hughes remains bullish about QPR future ahead of 'El Sackico' against Southampton

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UPDATED:

17:30 GMT, 16 November 2012

Mark Hughes emerged from a barrage of questions about his future to insist he is still the right man to turn things around at QPR.

Hughes' men will try to secure their first Barclays Premier League win of the season at the 12th attempt on Saturday when they welcome Southampton to Loftus Road.

Despite a glut of summer signings – some of them from such glamour clubs as Real Madrid and Inter Milan – Hughes has failed to spark his team in to life.

In the spotlight: Hughes chats to the press on Friday

In the spotlight: Hughes chats to the press on Friday

Saturday's game against Saints has been dubbed 'El Sackico' given the current predicament of both managers, and Tony Fernandes' claim on Twitter last week that QPR “must win” the six-pointer against the south-coast club, who are one point above rock-bottom Rangers.

But Hughes insists he retains Fernandes' backing and the Welshman is adamant that he can drag the Londoners away from the foot of the table.

'My future doesn't hinge on this match,' Hughes told a press conference.

'People shouldn't under-estimate the changes that have gone on at the club and I have been a big part of that.

'I have had great support from everyone. That doesn't just get swept aside because we are in a difficult situation.

'It is because of that work we have done before that sustains you and allows you time to get through this period.

'The club has moved forward in a massive way since I came in the door through the work I and my staff have done.

'Everyone is pulling together to take this club forward.'

Hughes brushed off claims that Fernandes' tweet amounted to an ultimatum.

Struggling: QPR sit bottom of the Premier League

Struggling: QPR sit bottom of the Premier League

'I don't think it has been reported in the right context,' the Welshman said.

'I don't think he was saying it is a must-win game.'

Hughes has put on a bullish front for weeks now at his weekly press conferences despite the fact that he has not been able to bring Rangers fans the win they have been yearning since they were thumped by Swansea on the opening day of the season.

But at Friday's conference Hughes' was more defiant than ever about his ability to arrest Rangers' alarming slump.

Hughes has been criticised for his apparent failure to instil discipline and concentration among the squad while some of the big-money imports are yet to live up to their billing as top-class players.

The former Blackburn boss admits he did not expect QPR to start the season so badly, but he still thinks he is capable of delivering success.

'No-one anticipated this run would go on as long as this, but we are still in an early part of the season we still have a lot of games to play,' Hughes added.

'The only way we change (our bad run) is by winning games and that's our intention at the weekend.

Basement battle: Southampton have also started the season slowly

Basement battle: Southampton have also started the season slowly

'When you have a bad period the focus comes on you and people will ask questions.

'But I'm very confident I can answer anyone who comes here and questions how I prepare my teams, how we train and the intensity which we work at.'

QPR fans have become used to false dawns this season. Their team have promised to deliver wins on countless occasions, but they have not delivered despite some games against meagre opposition.

The table dictates that they will have no better chance of claiming victory than tomorrow's game and Hughes is convinced his team will finally end their wait for a win.

'My expectation is that we will get the three points tomorrow and we will start the long road back,' Hughes said.

'We have been in this position too many times. We can't keep on saying that we played well and our performances have merited more, because we need to step up to the plate and take maximum points.'

Manchester United loanee Fabio is fit to make his return from a two-month hamstring injury lay-off, but Hughes could be without striker Bobby Zamora, who has a hip problem.

Alan Shearer in frame to replace Nigel Adkins at Southampton

EXCLUSIVE: Shearer in contention at Southampton as Adkins edges closer to the brink

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UPDATED:

15:23 GMT, 31 October 2012

Nigel Adkins' future as Southampton manager has been plunged into fresh doubt following the calamitous Capital One Cup defeat at Leeds on Tuesday.

Adkins had said he was relaxed about his position following Southampton's weekend reverse to Tottenham but the pressure has come on him again following his side's meek capitulation at Elland Road, when they comfortably swept aside 3-0.

In the frame: Former Saints striker Alan Shearer at Euro 2012 (above left)

In the frame: Former Saints striker Alan Shearer at Euro 2012 (above left)

Fans' favourite: Shearer in his playing days at Southampton in 1991

Fans' favourite: Shearer in his playing days at Southampton in 1991

Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese
is anxious about the club's predicament and, after overseeing heavy
spending in the summer, is eager that the investment that has been made
in the squad does not go to waste.

It has been mooted that former Saints
striker Alan Shearer would be a high-profile candidate to succeed
Adkins, who guided Southampton to the Barclays Premier League on the
back of consecutive promotions, should Cortese and his board decide to
make a change.

On the brink: Adkins' time on the South Coast could be coming to an end

On the brink: Adkins' time on the South Coast could be coming to an end

Speaking on Tuesday night, Adkins shouldered all the blame for the defeat at Elland Road.

'We didn't perform anywhere near what's expected of a Southampton Football Club team,' he said.

Demoralising: Southampton were dumped out of the League Cup by Leeds

Demoralising: Southampton were dumped out of the League Cup by Leeds

Demoralising: Southampton were dumped out of the League Cup by Leeds

'Forty-eight hours ago we had a high-intensity game and I made the relevant changes. I take full responsibility. We wanted to play tomorrow, but the powers that be wanted it to be tonight.

'But we gave the players who have not been in the team to the chance to show what they could do, and they did not take it.'

Per Mertesacker demands quick response from Arsenal

Mertesacker demands quick response against QPR after Arsenal's double trouble

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15:03 GMT, 25 October 2012

Per Mertesacker feels Arsenal must get their season back on track quickly after back-to-back defeats.

Arsenal slumped to a 2-0 home Champions League loss against Schalke on Wednesday night, their first European reverse at the Emirates Stadium since losing a semi-final second leg to Manchester United in 2009.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger, who was serving out his three-match European touchline ban, had called for a response to Saturday's lacklustre 1-0 defeat at Norwich, which left them 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.

Third time lucky: Per Mertesacker and Arsenal are reeling after two defeats

Third time lucky: Per Mertesacker and Arsenal are reeling after two defeats

However, his men failed to deliver with only one shot on target, and that in stoppage time, as second-half goals from Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Ibrahim Afellay dented Arsenal's hopes of early qualification for the knockout stages as the German side took over at the top of Group B.

Arsenal, so impressive before the international break, have a chance for some swift redemption when Barclays Premier League bottom club QPR visit on Saturday.

German defender Mertesacker accepts things have to change again for the better – and without delay.

He said: 'We have had a difficult week, our results were kind of an accident, now we have to find our game again.

'The international break was kind of a killer for us. We have to find our strength back again quickly.

'We have the potential in us, but first we have to fight.'

Despite QPR's predicament at the foot of the table and with an appalling long-term Premier League away record, Mertesacker says there can be no complacency.

He said: 'It is the same as against Norwich, they were bottom as well and we did not find solutions against a defensive side.

'We have to learn quickly from what happened there and against Schalke. “If we do not find these solutions, it is going to be difficult both in the Premier League and the Champions League as well.

Silencer: Klaas Jan Huntelaar stunned the Gunners with Schalke's first goal

Silencer: Klaas Jan Huntelaar stunned the Gunners with Schalke's first goal

'We have the chance to come back in both, but we have to find ourselves quickly.

'It is our task now to find our self-confidence, we have great players with great potential, but at the moment you cannot feel we are a strong squad.

'So it will be good to have a game in three days so we can show our potential again.'

Despite the disappointment of successive defeats, Mertesacker maintains the mood within the group can soon be upbeat again.

The German centre-back said: 'We try to be positive in front of the next game.

'In the next training sessions we will look to get our confidence back.

'Sometimes you need one game to find your strength and qualities back, so let's do it on Saturday.'

Setback: Grant Holt scored as Norwich dumped Arsenal at the weekend

Setback: Grant Holt scored as Norwich dumped Arsenal at the weekend

Captain Thomas Vermaelen has backed the Gunners to turn their fortunes around again just as fast as they have faltered.

He said: 'It was only two or three weeks ago before the international break (that we won), so it does not mean you lose all of your quality.

'It is a bit negative at the moment because you have two disappointing results, but in football it can turn really quickly and on Saturday it can be different again.

'In these times, you have to stick together as a group, and a club. I am really positive this group has the quality to win games again.

'Every time you have an opportunity to get it straight and that is what we have to do against QPR.'

Arsenal could have England duo Theo Walcott (chest) and Kieran Gibbs (thigh) available again this weekend.

However, midfielder Jack Wilshere is unlikely to feature, with his return to first-team action following 14 months out pencilled in for next week's Capital One Cup tie at Reading.

Mark Hughes blames injuries and personnel changes for QPR"s predicament… but says things will get better

Hughes blames injuries and personnel changes for QPR's predicament… but says things will get better

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UPDATED:

13:15 GMT, 20 October 2012

QPR boss Mark Hughes believes player turnover and a host of injuries has masked the quality of his squad at Loftus Road.

The Welshman has been backed by Rangers' chairman Tony Fernandes in recent weeks despite the fact the club sit bottom of the Premier League.

Fernandes bank-rolled several big-name signings over the summer and, although the desired results have not followed, Hughes is confident once they gel they will be successful.

He said: 'Everyone understands what we are trying to do here. Tony and Amit (Bhatia, vice-chairman) and all the shareholders have been really positive in that regard.

Down in the dumps: QPR are bottom of the Premier League, but boss Mark Hughes says things are looking up

Down in the dumps: QPR are bottom of the Premier League, but boss Mark Hughes says things are looking up

'They knew and we discussed that there was a possibility the start of the season could be a little bit difficult because we had so many players coming in.'

A number of injuries have also destabilised QPR, especially in defence with Hughes unable to name a settled back four all season and the former Manchester City boss reckons once he has more options the results will follow.

'We have also been hurt with the number of injuries which hasn't helped matters but I think we are all comfortable that at some point in the very near future, once everything settles down, once we get a settled side then the quality we have will let us win Premier League games,' he said.

'We are very positive that once we get points on the board that will continue until the end of the season.

'I've got great support and I think it is a consequence of the work we have done in such a short space of time.

'We have taken the club a long way – not only off the field but I feel in terms of the personnel we have been able to attract to the club.'

Lowly: QPR have conceded 16 goals in seven games

Lowly: QPR have conceded 16 goals in seven games

A lot of the R's first-team squad are now working their way back to match fitness, with only Fabio and Andy Johnson ruled out of the match against Everton on Sunday and Hughes is looking forward to having a fully-fit squad.

'There are still players who are able to train at the minute but haven't had game time so there is still the discrepancy in terms of everyone's level (of fitness),' he said.

'It is not all on the same line unfortunately but that will get to a point in the future when everyone has the same level of fitness and has had enough game time and is into the flow of the Premier League season.'

There are constant rumours that Hughes' position in under threat due to the poor start to the season.

But the 48-year-old believes the reign of David Moyes, his counterpart on Sunday, has set an example for other clubs to follow.

'Longevity is vital to a club and certainly one in our position who are only in their second season after coming up from the Championship,' he said.

'You need that continuity and longevity of players and management to enable you to grow as a group and chopping and changing personnel is difficult.'

Hughes has backed his own managerial ability amid rumours the likes of Harry Redknapp is waiting in the wings to replace him.

After keeping QPR afloat last season Hughes believes his time at Loftus Road so far ranks amongst the best in his career.

'The job we did from January until the end of last season was a huge job,' he said.

'Whatever success I have in the future and whatever success I have had in the past, the job that we did from Jan until the end of the season was huge and was right up there in what I was able to achieve.

'I don't think that will change anytime soon, I think it was a massive job that we had to undertake and achieved, we are still very early in the process and we are still trying to move this club forward and we will do.'

Emmanuel Adebayor has no way back – Roberto Mancini

I feel for Adebayor but there's no way back into my team, says Mancini

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UPDATED:

08:54 GMT, 13 August 2012

No way back: Adebayor has failed to agree terms with Tottenham

No way back: Adebayor has failed to agree terms with Tottenham

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says that he feels sorry for Emmanuel Adebayor's predicament but he has once again insisted that the striker has no future at the club.

Adebayor spent last season on loan at Tottenham but his astronomical wage demands have prevented a permanent deal going through.

With Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko ahead of Adebayor in the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium, Mancini is looking to offload Adebayor and reinvest in other areas of the squad.

'I am sorry for him because he is here and not playing,' Mancini said. 'But he has no chance of playing this season for us.

'It’s important for him that he can find a good solution because he scored a lot of goals last season and he’s a top striker.

'I hope for him he can find a good solution very quickly.'

Despite rumours linking Dzeko with a move away from the Etihad Stadium, Mancini insisted that he wants to keep his current strikers at the club.

'I still have confidence in the four strikers,' he added. 'They scored 70 goals between them last season. They will all stay.'

Outcast: Adebayor has not played for City since January 2011

Outcast: Adebayor has not played for City since January 2011

Harry Redknapp attempts to save Portsmouth

Redknapp to the rescue! Former boss Harry wades in to save crisis club Portsmouth

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UPDATED:

12:13 GMT, 25 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Harry Redknapp has revealed that he will attempt to help save his former club Portsmouth from being shut down.

The npower League One outfit have been set a deadline of August 10 by administrator Trevor Birch to have their finances in order or face going out of business.

And ex-Pompey manager Redknapp plans to speak to Nwankwo Kanu, who has lodged a claim for 3million in pay, to see if he can persuade the former Arsenal and Portsmouth striker to compromise with the club.

Close ties: Harry Redknapp has been manager of Portsmouth twice

Close ties: Harry Redknapp has been manager of Portsmouth twice

He told ESPN: 'I will be ringing Kanu today to see if there is anything I can do. I signed him for Portsmouth on a one-year contract and Tony Adams told me: “You must be mad, he is finished”. Six years later, he is still there.'

Defender Tal Ben Haim is also owed a similar amount in wages and Redknapp added: 'In the case of Tal Ben Haim, if players have a contract and are owed money, you can see why they think they should get it. But if the club closes down they won't get a penny. They need to think hard about that.'

Redknapp spent five seasons at Fratton Park in two spells between 2002 and 2008, guiding the club to a momentous FA Cup win in 2008.

Cash claim: Kanu wants 3m from Pompey

Cash claim: Kanu wants 3m from Pompey

'Portsmouth has got to be saved. It's a great club with great traditions,' the 65-year-old continued. 'It would be a disaster if this club went out of business.

'It has great fans to the extent that, if you live in Portsmouth, you are a Portsmouth supporter. If you walk around in that town, you don't see people wearing Manchester United or Arsenal shirts.

'It is soul-destroying to see them in this predicament, and there must be a group of people out there or someone who could take over the club so cheaply and save them.

'I would love to see someone do that. Surely it cannot happen that Portsmouth go out of business. If someone did come in, the club could be resurrected quickly. It wouldn't take a lot to get it going again.

'I remember when Milan (Mandaric) came in and bought the club all those years ago, they were looking to lock the gates then and go into administration – but he turned it all around and made it work.

'When he sold the club, it spiralled out of control. Balram Chainrai put a lot of money in, but he must think it is the worst investment he ever made in his life. But now it just needs some people who understand football and who can work with the players.'

Tottenham scout Leandro Damiao

Spurs closing in on Damiao as Redknapp sends top scout to size up 15m striker

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UPDATED:

08:30 GMT, 21 May 2012

Tottenham are edging closer to signing 15million-rated Brazilian hitman Leandro Damiao.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp sent chief scout Ian Broomfield to South America to watch the striker in action for Internacional on Sunday night.

Target: Leandro Damiao (left) is in Harry Redknapp's sights

Target: Leandro Damiao (left) is in Harry Redknapp's sights

The trek was to glean final pieces of information about the striker before Redknapp considers his options, reported The Mirror.

Damiao could be purchased ahead of Emmanuel Adebayor, who spent the season on loan at the club from Manchester City, but whose wage demands might prove a stumbling block.

French striker Loic Remy is another option, but Marseilles will demand a vast transfer fee, so Damiao looks to be Tottenham's best option.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is willing to splash some cash after Tottenham missed out on the Champions League in such heartbreaking fashion.

Hitman: Damiao could prove cheaper than Emmanuel Adebayor or Loic Remy

Hitman: Damiao could prove cheaper than Emmanuel Adebayor or Loic Remy

Chelsea won the Champions League on Saturday night to dump rivals Spurs into the Europa League.

Tottenham must act quickly on their striker predicament as City want Adebayor's future decided swiftly.