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Tottenham and Redknapp look to offload Pavlyuchenko with eye on £15m Valencia striker Roberto Soldado

Harry Redknapp usually isn’t one to spend the transfer window sitting around twiddling his thumbs, and he could be about to move for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado.

The Spurs manager is keen to increase his attacking options as his side continue their chase of a first Premier League title and has long been admirer of the Spanish international.

Soldado has filled the void left by David Villa at Valencia perfectly in the past two seasons, progressing impressively in a flamboyant side, netting 29 goals in 50 games since joining in June 2010.

Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor has proved a typical shrewd Redknapp purchase since arriving from Manchester City, bagging nine goals in the league, but in truth, he could have had double that considering his poor strike rate in front of goal.

The Togolese striker has had 34 shots on target this season courtesy of the first-class service provided by Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, so just nine goals is a little disappointing despite Spurs’ lofty league position.

His understudy Jermaine Defoe has lacked consistency also and if Spurs are serious about challenging the two Manchester clubs for the title then reinforcements like Soldado are needed.

However, any move for the talented striker is dependent on whether Spurs receive an offer they deem acceptable for the underperforming Roman Pavlyuchenko, which should be around the £7m mark. If the offer does come, presumably from a Russian side, then Redknapp will look to use that money to help fund the transfer of Soldado, who could cost the north-Londoners in excess of £15m.

 

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