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Tottenham eyes Brazilian 'Octopus'
by Joe Addison, June 26th, 2008 7AM



[TRANSFER TALK] Brazilian goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes may move to Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League in a $20 million dollar move.

The 27-year-old shot stopper, who would replace English keeper Paul Robinson for Spurs, asked for a transfer from Dutch champion PSV Eindhoven at the end of last season, citing differences with PSV managing director Jan Reker.

Gomes, capped 17 times for Brazil, played a big part in Tottenham's elimination from the UEFA Cup last season. During penalties, the 6-foot-4 goalkeeper nicknamed "The Octopus" saved a Jermaine Jenas effort that would have put Spurs into the quarterfinals. PSV went on to win the shootout.

Tottenham's interest in Gomes is part of a changing perception of Brazilian goalkeepers. Once seen as the Achilles' heel of the Brazilian national team, Brazil's keepers now populate the goalmouths of some of the world's most successful club teams.

Gomes' esteemed peers at European clubs include Doni (Roma), Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Diego Alves (Almeria) and Helton (Porto).

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