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Spurs snap up Brazilian star Sandro

Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a £9m fee for 21-year-old Brazil midfielder Sandro and expect him to join them in the summer from Internacional.

Spurs said yesterday he will arrive in England once the Brazilian club's involvement in the Copa Libertadores is over.

“Hopefully it will get done now and it will be a good signing,” said Spurs’ boss Harry Redknapp.

“He is strong. He looks a very, very good player so I am looking forward to getting him here.”

The player, whose full name is Sandro Ranieri Guimaraes Cordeiro, has played eight times for Brazil's under-20 team and was captain of the side that won the 2009 South American Youth Championship. He made his debut for the selecao in a World Cup qualifier against Chile last September.

Spurs enertain Fulham in an FA Cup quarter-final replay tonight and the winners of that game will play Portsmouth and Jamie O'Hara, who is on loan from White Hart Lane.

O’Hara has angered Redknapp by declaring he hopes Fulham win so he can play in the semi-final.

“It is a weird one because for the first time in my life I will be hoping Spurs lose,” O'Hara said. “I want to play at Wembley.”

Redknapp responded: “Jamie shouldn't say that, really. I understand where he is coming from. I think he just wants to play at Wembley. But this is his club, he is a Tottenham player and he will be back here next year. He has got to be careful what he says because this is his club and the fans love him here.”

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