Tottenham eye up Pastore as Bale replacement

Tottenham are lining up an ambitious move for Paris Saint Germain star Javier Pastore should Gareth Bale leave the club.

Welsh star Bale is being linked with a world record move to Real Madrid and despite the Londoners insistence that they want to keep the winger, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is lining up replacements with Pastore topping his list.

According to the Daily Star Villas-Boas and his director of football Franco Baldini are very keen on the Argentine International and have already made contact with the French champions to discuss a potential deal.

The 24 year old Pastore can play in an attacking midfield role or out on the left and scored 7 goals and created 9 in 43 Ligue 1 and Champions League games last season. The former Palermo star began his career with Talleres in his homeland later joining Huracan.

His form with the now second division Argentinean side caught the eye of Palermo and he moved to Italy in 2009 for a fee of €6 million.

He continued his development in Serie A scoring 14 goals and creating 10 in 69 league appearances and his performances caught the attention of PSG who paid €43 million to bring the player to Paris in 2011.

Despite helping the club to the French title last season Pastore has failed to live up to his early promise and it is believed that the club are willing to let the player move this summer.

Roma have also been linked with a move for the midfielder but according to the players’ agent, Marcelo Simonian, a summer move is not in the offing.

Speaking to Calciomercato.com about a potential move back to Italy, Simonian said “Pastore to Rome? Impossible because PSG have never made him available for sale.”

That is unlikely to deter Spurs however and if, as many are now expecting, Bale does make the move to Spain the club will move for Pastore to form a new exciting attacking partnership alongside another potential recruit, Roberto Soladado.

The 28 year old who has scored 81 goals in 141 games since moving to Valencia is reportedly close to agreeing a move to White Hart Lane with the club finally agreeing to pay the players £26 million release clause.

News of the impending deal was revealed by Antonio Sese, a former director at Valencia, who tweeted: “They tell me that Roberto Soldado will be transferred shortly.

“They (Tottenham) will pay the release clause. Great management.”

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.