Spurs in for Ricardinho
By Patricio Figueroa
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
TOTTENHAM are aiming to usurp Premiership rivals Leeds United in the race to sign Brazilian World Cup winner Ricardinho.
The midfielder has been tipped for a move to Elland Road, with Leeds reportedly the only club to have lodged a firm offer for his talents.
Ricardinho currently plays in his homeland for Corinthians but is expected to wrap up a switch to The Premiership before the transfer deadline at the end of August.
The former Paris Saint Germain ace is also an attractive proposition because he does not require a work permit due to his Italian passport.
Spurs boss Glenn Hoddle has been aiming to bolster his squad during the summer, with Corinthians' vice-president Roque Citadini claiming the North London outfit are keen on landing Ricardinho.
"Ricardinho is training with Corinthians because he belongs to our team," said Citadini.
"What I can't assure is until when he will continue with us because there is a strong interest from the English team Tottenham Hotspur for buying him.
"At the moment we can't inform how the negotiations are going because we don't want to let the press know, it's because we are waiting for some news from over there (England).
"In the mean time we asked the press not to ask the player always about the same thing because he needs to work calmly. On the other hand, we don't want him to suffer in case the transfer isn't done."
Meanwhile, Spurs have also been linked with a swoop for Brondby striker Peter Madsen.
Hoddle has been scouring for attacking reinforcements and Danish marksman Madsen is the latest name to be touted for a move to White Hart Lane.
Madsen was a member of Denmark's World Cup squad and is rated in the £5 million category by Brondby.