Tottenham line up move for Barcelona striker Villa

Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas wants to rebuild his side’s forward lone by bringing Barcelona striker David Villa to White Hart Lane, according to the Daily Mirror.

Villa is eager to leave the Spanish champions in search of a club that will offer him more regular first team football in a bid to secure his place in the Spain squad ahead of next year’s World Cup, while Barcelona will consent to the sale of Villa if an interested party can match their £12m asking price.

Spurs are long-standing admirers of the former Valencia forward and have tried to sign him in previous transfer windows – as have Arsenal and Liverpool. Villas-Boas is said to be banking on his relationship with Villa to persuade the 31-year-old to join Tottenham even without the lure of Champions League football.

Villa is one of two attackers Villas-Boas wants to bring to Spurs, the Mirror adds, with Internacional striker Leandro Damiao his other first choice. But Damiao’s club have proved tough negotiators in the past and Tottenham are lining up other options, including Valencia’s Roberto Soldado and Mirko Vucinic, the Juventus player.

Villas-Boas is seeking competition for Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor, who managed 23 goals between them last season – three fewer than Gareth Bale scored on his own. The lion’s share of the total was claimed by Defoe, with 15.

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