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Sky Sports News understands that Tottenham have emerged as the favourites to sign Giovani dos Santos.



The 19-year-old Mexican is currently on the books of Spanish giants Barcelona and is widely regarded as one of the hottest properties in European football.


He has been forced to wait his turn at Camp Nou, but has been tipped for the top since bursting onto the scene at the U17 World Cup back in 2005.


The Catalan club had hoped to see the youngster become the natural heir to Ronaldinho's crown, though he is yet to dominate the senior game in the same manner as he did at youth level.


Dos Santos made 28 Primera Division appearances for Barca last season, and scored a hat-trick in the last day of the season during a 5-3 victory at Murcia.


He has five full caps for Mexico despite qualifying to play for Brazil through his father, himself a former footballer, Zizinho.


His failure to hold down a regular first-team spot under Frank Rijkaard during the 2007/08 season alerted the attention of a host of Europe's top clubs, with Manchester City early contenders for his signature.


However, should the prodigiously talented teenager decide to leave Spain this summer it would appear that White Hart Lane is now is most likely destination, with Spurs expected to shell out around £11million in order to get their man.



Moreno move


Meanwhile, Tottenham have missed out on another potential target - Marcelo Moreno.


The Bolivian striker has completed a nine million euros (£7.1million) move from Brazilian club Cruzeiro to Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk.


He had initially turned down a move to Eastern Europe, but a recent visit to the club helped to push the deal through.


"After visiting the club last week, the player accepted the offer and inked a five-year contract this morning (Tuesday)," said Cruzeiro spokesman Joao Marcos Dias said.


"The offer arrived at Toca da Raposa at the beginning of this month, but Marcelo Moreno rejected it as he considered he could shine in more important places in Europe.


"The days he spent in Donetsk convinced him Shakhtar have the suitable structure and that he will have a good life in Ukraine."



very interesting news, if this is true spurs are rapidily catching liverpool up and wont be too far behind the likes of arsenal next season, is this bad news for us ? i'd of liked him to be honest i think he's a good younf talent and could offer us something but maybe fergie still feels giggs can offer something next season and thinks that nani will emerge ? :cool:
 

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I expect big things from Tottenham next season.

Great manager, good set of players, ambitious looking signings. If they make the right signings I can see them being just behind, or, pushing it, maybe even just in front of Liverpool.

Lets hope so anyway! :p
 

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I remember everybody had big expectations for Spurs last season and look what happend there.

I do think it will be different this year though and not just because Dos Santos has signed.

Ramos is a talented coach and is very outspoken and discaplined. Spurs need to strengthen in the left back position, keeper, a winger and dynamic central midfielder.
 

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He's been treated like shite at Spurs. Awful players like Rose, Jenas & Bentley getting games and he doesn't. He'll probably go to Spain.
 

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How Barcelona let him go is beyond me. I don't know the reason for it, but he would've been brilliant in Guardiola's Barcelona imo
 

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He's been treated like shite at Spurs. Awful players like Rose, Jenas & Bentley getting games and he doesn't. He'll probably go to Spain.
Damaged goods, he looked good in the World Cup though - but Spurs' failure to play him means he's not been in the crosshairs of watching clubs.

Maybe Chico could have a chat with him and mention him to Fergie, could do a job for us in midfield I think.
 
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