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Spurs check on Claudinho

Brazilian defender thought to be attracting widespread interest

Harry Redknapp's Tottenham scouts are understood to have been impressed by Claudinho

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Skysports.com understands that Tottenham are keeping tabs on the progress of promising Cruzeiro defender Claudinho.

It is believed that Spurs have sent scouts out to Brazil over the past month to watch Claudinho perform in three league matches.

Reports back to White Hart Lane are thought to have been positive, but Tottenham are likely to face competition if they decide to step up their interest.

Italian duo Udinese and Fiorentina are also understood to be tracking the 21-year-old, while he remains under contract at Cruzeiro until December 2013.

Claudinho, who has been likened to fellow centre-back Lucio, is known for being good in the air and also having an eye for goal.

Cruzeiro had not previously been prepared to negotiate a sale, but club bosses are set to meet soon to discuss their transfer strategy for January.

Claudinho is valued at around €8million (£6.9m) by his current employers.