Tottenham switch sights to Soldado

Tottenham Hotspur are set switch their attentions to Valencia striker Roberto Soldado after missing out on first-choice striking target David Villa.

Spurs were believed to have been in pole position to sign Barcelona man Villa this summer but they suffered a blow when the Spanish star instead opted to join fellow La Liga side Atletico Madrid in a cut price deal worth £4.4 million.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas made personal calls to the 31 year old in a bid to convince him to move to London however Villa spurned the chance to play Premier League football to join the Copa del Rey holders.

The snub has forced a change of tact for Villas-Boas with the focus now switching to another Spanish International, Soldado.

The 28 year old joined Valencia from Getafe in a €10 million deal three seasons and during that time has emerged as one of the most prolific strikers in Spain, scoring 81 times in 141 games with 59 goals in only 101 La Liga games.

The striker, with 6 in 11 games for Spain, would not come cheap however with Valencia holding out for an amount close to the players release clause, believed to be £25 million.

Meanwhile it has emerged that Spurs have not yet made a move to sign Internacional Leandro Damiao.

Spurs have held a long-term interest in the 23 year old while Napoli and Southampton have also been credited with an interest in the Brazilian International.

Damiao has an impressive strike rate in Brazilian football scoring 82 times in 147 since making his debut for Internacional in 2010 and has long been linked with a move to European Football.

Despite the reported interest, the club have yet to receive an offer for the player with the Brazilian club’s president Giovanni Luigi, telling Globo Esporte “I have not even received a call,”

That is contrary to recent reports which suggested that Serie A side Napoli had made an offer for the player while Southampton were also believed to have made a move. The latest developments will no doubt please Tottenham especially as the club have been tracking Damiao for longer than any of their rivals but it remains to be seen if the club will move to strike a deal.

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.