Spurs boss Villas-Boas set to rekindle interest in Corinthians striker Pato

Tottenham could be set to rekindle their interest in 24-year-old Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato, reports The Express.

Spurs had been keen to land the Corinthians striker in the summer, but Pato had just returned to his native Brazil in January from AC Milan. He had confirmed that Spurs had sent an offer, saying at the time: “I received offers, they called Corinthians, sent a fax, to sign me in the window, but I sat down with the staff, talked with my agent and I told them I wanted to stay.”

However, he now finds himself under pressure after missing a penalty which cost his side a place in the Brazilian Cup semi-finals, and Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is keen to reunite the striker with Paulinho, who moved to White Hart Lane from Corinthians for £17m during the summer.

Fellow Brazilian Sandro is also playing for the club, and so Pato would have two compatriots to help him settle in north London. Villas-Boas is keen to add another striker to his books with Jermaine Defoe not getting any younger, Emmanuel Adebayor being out of favour and record signing Roberto Soldado struggling to rediscover the form that earned him the £26m price tag.

Corinthians president Mario Gobbi has revealed that he is willing to listen to offers for any players he considers dead wood, and while it would be harsh to label Pato under this category he did seem to hint that Pato remains a player he would consider allowing to leave, though somewhat reluctantly.

When questioned about Pato’s penalty miss, Gobbi replied: “Clearly the duck hit it badly, but the blame is not his alone. We know he can give more. Those who can’t give more, we have to change.”

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