Santos striker Leandro Damiao is expected to seal a shock loan move to Cruzeiro in a bid to boost his flagging career after a poor year with his current Brazilian Brasileirao side.
Just over two years ago, Damiao was one of the hottest properties in football and scored six goals for Brazil’s Under-23s at the Olympic Games football tournament.
He had scored a staggering 40 goals in 53 games for Internacional and was attracting attention from teams across Europe.
Tottenham Hotspur were repeatedly linked with Damiao, and former Spurs boss Andres Villas-Boas confirmed last week he wanted to sign him.
He told Portuguese television: “The chairman proposed a challenge to increase Tottenham’s competitive level, but immediately [Luka] Modric left and we didn’t get any of the targets I had identified, such as Joao Moutinho, Willian, Oscar or Leandro Damiao.”
However, Damiao’s career has been moving downwards in recent times, with a late injury keeping him out of Brazil’s 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, and his form simply didn’t warrant selection for his international side’s 2014 FIFA World Cup.
In between he had missed his chance to move to Europe and signed with Santos, but has struggled, scoring only six times in 26 appearances this season.
Now he hopes or a loan move to fellow Brazilian club Cruzeiro and a different style of play will be to his benefit, and could get his career back on track.