Tottenham have 'moved on' from Damiao, says Villas-Boas

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that the club will no longer pursue long-term transfer target Leandro Damiao.

The Internacional forward had been the subject of Spurs’ interest for the past 18 months, with Tottenham having submitted a £16 million bid for the 23-year-old on deadline day.

However, the club had their offer for the Brazilian rejected and Villas-Boas believes the transfer saga will now be consigned to history.

“The player has been linked recently with Spurs, we’ve made it public before that it’s a player that we chase, but we couldn’t agree on the full conditions so we’ve moved on,” he told reporters.

“Could it [a deal for Damiao] happen in the summer? No I don’t think so, it’s probably finished now.”

The Portuguese manager confirmed that Tottenham rejected a late Reading bid for Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson on deadline day.

He said: “Obviously he’s a player that means a lot to Reading, from their academy.

“He’s a player that Brian [McDermott] appreciates and he probably could have been a big boost for them. But he’s a player that we rate very highly, we couldn’t allow him to leave.”

Villas-Boas also expressed his disappointment that another transfer target, Willian, chose to move to Anzhi Makhachkala instead of the Premier League, suggesting that the Brazilian’s talent would have been welcome on these shores.

He added: “Willian is a very difficult situation because he’s rated very highly by Shakhtar, almost to a point where European clubs can’t compete.

“Obviously his transfer was made by a crazy amount of money and he’s moved on to a league which is the same level as the Ukrainian league.

“It’s a pity that a player of that talent can’t come to a bigger league because I think his talent is up there, but hopefully everything goes well for him.”

Ogbonna could leave in the summer, says Torino president Cairo

Torino president Urbano Cairo has admitted that Angelo Ogbonna could well leave the club in the summer, with plenty of clubs are interested in the player.

The Italy international has been linked with a host of top Serie A sides such as Juventus and AC Milan, but his current employers still retain hope that he stays put.

“A lot of clubs are still very interested in Ogbonna,” Cairo told Tuttosport

“In June we will sit down and evaluate together what to do next. Maybe he will have a desire to stay here for a bit longer.”

The 24-year-old has spent his entire professional career with the Turin club, barring a loan stint at Crotone in the 2007-08 season.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon glad to ward off Norwich interest in Gary Hooper

Celtic manager Neil Lennon was delighted to see off the interest of Norwich in striker Gary Hooper after numerous bids for the English forward were shunned by the club’s board.

Lennon was determined to keep the forward, who has netted 23 times already this season, ahead of this month’s important Champions League tie with Juventus.

And the former Leicester midfielder was pleased to see his club stand firm to offers for their star man.

“I think we made our stance pretty clear,” he told Sky Sports News.

“I don’t think a lot of people believed us but we want to keep this team together for the foreseeable future.

“Gary is a huge part of that and I’m very grateful to the board for standing by our decision on that.

 “We look forward to a great second half to the season now.”

Lennon also confirmed his interest in Wolves striker Kevin Doyle and revealed Celtic had a bid for the Republic of Ireland international rejected shortly before the window closed.

“He is a player we have admired for a long time but Wolves were steadfast, like we’ve been, so we obviously respect that,” he added.

“They feel Kevin is a very important player there and it just wasn’t to be.”

Harry Kane returns to Tottenham after Norwich loan spell

Tottenham have confirmed striker Harry Kane has returned to the club following a short loan spell at Norwich.

The 19-year-old will provide cover in attack for Andre Villas-Boas’ side after Emmanuel Adebayor’s departure for the African Cup of Nations left Spurs with only Jermain Defoe as a recognised striker.

Kane moved to the Canaries at the end of August in a bid to gain more first-team experience and made five appearances for Chris Hughton’s side.

However, the forward suffered an ankle injury in September that kept him out of action for the bulk of his time at Carrow Road.

Kane’s position at Norwich was further undermined when the Canaries signed Luciano Becchio from Leeds and Kei Kamara from Sporting Kansas City, while Steve Morison was also allowed to leave the club as part of the Becchio transfer.

Youngster Kane began his career at White Hart Lane and has made one senior appearance for the club, also spending time on loan at Leyton Orient and Millwall.

Manchester United youngster Davide Petrucci extends loan at Peterborough

Manchester United youngster Davide Petrucci has extended his loan at Peterborough until the end of the season.

Petrucci has been restricted to playing just two games since his original one-month loan due to bad weather and FA cup ties.

The Championship side’s need for the Italian has been tempered by George Boyd’s failure to complete a deadline-day move to Nottingham Forest, but Petrucci insists he is pleased to be staying at London Road.

“I am very happy,” he told Peterborough’s official club website.

“I only signed for a month in the first place because it was my first loan spell. I didn’t know what to expect.

“However, since the first few days, I realised that I wanted to stay for longer and I am very pleased to be here until the end of the season.”

Posh currently sit bottom of the Championship, with a game in hand over fellow strugglers Bristol City and Barnsley.