Tottenham have stepped up interest in Santos forward Neilton. The Metro believes Spurs will offer £7m for the 19-year-old goal scorer, whom Brazilian media have dubbed the "new Neymar".


Andre Villas-Boas is still looking for strikers this summer, after losing David Villa to Atlético Madrid and any bid for Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao looking more and more unlikely. Neilton, who has replaced Brazil international Neymar in Santos' first team, has been highly rated by White Hart Lane scouts.

The Metro believes the player has a £5m release fee in his contract but that is meant only for Brazilian clubs. And with Manchester United and Chelsea previously linked to the player, Santos will know they can expect significantly higher bids for their next star player.

At present, Spurs chiefs are evaluating paperwork and administrative details linked to securing a work permit for Neilton and it is unlikely that any firm offer will be made without that necessary document in hand.

Hugo Lloris Satisfied with Swindon Draw

Meanwhile, Spurs' No 1, Hugo Lloris, is satisfied with the 1-1 draw against League One side Swindon Town. AVB led his men out at The Country Ground on Tuesday, for their first pre-season friendly. And it appeared to be going to plan, with Welsh international Gareth Bale scoring inside the first 15 minutes. However, the hosts fought back through Andy Williams to force the draw.

"It was a good game, of course it's not competitive, but it's important to prepare for next season. For me, it's to find an understanding with my team-mates and for all the players, to have time on the pitch," the French international told Spurs' website.

Lloris, who joined last summer, also said he was focusing entirely on the first competitive game of the season, when Tottenham travel to Selhurst Park to face newly promoted Crystal Palace.

Spurs next face Colchester at the Community Stadium, on Friday. The players will then leave for Hong Kong, where they face Sunderland in the semi-final of the Barclays Asia Trophy; Manchester City face South China AA in the other semi-final.