Tottenham hope to bring in Claudinho from Cruzeiro

Harry Redknapp is hoping to bolster Tottenham’s defence by bringing in young Brazilian defender Claudinho from Cruzeiro, according to Sky Sports News.

Spurs sent scouts to observe the 21-year-old centre back in his last three games and were reportedly highly impressed by what they saw.

With Sebastian Bassong and Vedran Corluka both declaring their desire to exit White Hart Lane in the January transfer window, Redknapp may be tempted to strengthen his backline.

Claudinho’s current deal at Cruzeiro runs until December 2013, and it is believed that his club would demand a fee of around €8 million should they decide to sell.

However, Spurs are likely to face competition for his signature, with the likes of Udinese and Fiorentina also being linked with a bid.

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