Tottenham to beat Liverpool to Martinez transfer, reports claim

Tottenham Hotspur will beat Liverpool to the signing of Porto striker Jackson Martinez by offering Roberto Soldado as part-exchange, according to the Metro.

Mauricio Pochettino is said to be keen on adding a new forward to his squad in the January transfer window and the name of the Colombia international has been mooted, although the Reds are also thought to be monitoring Martinez’s situation in Portugal.

Martinez has been a Porto player since August 2012, having previously represented Jaguares of Mexico, starting his career in his homeland with Independiente. He has scored 73 goals in 96 games for the Dragons, with in 16 games this season, a tally that includes five Champions League goals in as many games.

A fee of £30m has been mooted but Soldado could be offered to Porto in an effort to bring down the price. The former Valencia striker has scored 14 goals for Spurs since leaving Los Che in 2013, with his strike against Everton on Sunday his first Premier League goal since March.

Martinez has yet to sign a contract offered by Porto and it’s suggested that delay is a sign he is looking to move on.

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