Spurs make move for Soldado

Tottenham Hotspur have registered their interest in Valencia striker Roberto Soldado by making a £17m bid for the 28-year-old’s services, the Daily Star has reported.

Andre Villas-Boas’ side have been linked with several strikers this summer as they look to add two more to their forward line of Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe, and provide greater competition for places. Spurs also hope to confirm the signing of Brazil midfielder Paulinho in the coming weeks.

Already rumoured to be close to signing Barcelona’s David Villa, Spurs are looking to sign Soldado, who scored 30 goals in all competitions for Valencia last season, and who has a £26m release clause on a contract which runs until the summer of 2017.

Spurs are confident of signing him for less, with Valencia perhaps more willing to sell now, as they are experiencing some financial difficulties. It was his goals which helped Valencia to fifth in the Spanish league, and the knock-out stages of the Champions League.

Soldado’s form has forced back into the Spanish national team reckoning, being awarded a start in Spain’s first Confederations Cup game, against Uruguay. He also scored in the match, although he did not appear in the final, which Spain lost 3-0 to the hosts Brazil.

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