Tottenham Transfer Focus – Soldado the latest in long line of striker targets

Tottenham’s search for a striker or strikers continues. At the start of the transfer window the number of potential options was considerable, but as Spurs draw closer to the beginning of the season, that number has dwindled.

Alvaro Negredo, Kevin Gameiro, Mario Gomez, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Stevan Jovetic, Christian Benteke, David Villa, Heung Min Son and Jackson Martinez, to name a few, have all joined other clubs or stated they are staying where they are.

Spurs were linked with all of them at some point even though not all may have attracted genuine interest; however the fact that so many are no longer available may limit options if negotiations with other targets falter. At present Spurs are heavily linked with Roberto Soldado of Valencia and it’s easy to see why.

Soldado is a Spain international and has made nearly 200 La Liga appearances as well as gaining Champions League experience. He is strong at holding on to the ball despite his relatively diminutive stature. He turned over the ball or was dispossessed a total of 67 times in the league last season in 35 appearances – by contrast Defoe’s figures are 89 in 34 matches, Adebayor 101 times in 25 matches – which may reflect his La Liga upbringing and emphasis on possession.

However it is as an out and out striker that he excels – 59 goals in 101 appearances for Los Che, 29 goals in 60 games for Getafe and 11 in 30 for Osasuna suggests a clinical finisher with a good conversion ratio. Perhaps understandably Valencia are playing hardball over their quality striker, leaving Daniel Levy with the decision whether to back Coach Andr

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