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Date set for bids of Prem target Soldado

ESPN staff
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Roberto Soldado scored 24 goals in La Liga last season © Getty Images
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Valencia have set a deadline of August 3 for clubs to submit bids for their striker Roberto Soldado, with Tottenham among those strongly linked with a move for the Spain striker.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has also been rumoured to be weighing up a bid for the Spain international as the future of his striker Luis Suarez continues to be shrouded in uncertainty, while Napoli boss Rafael Benitez is also reported to be interested in the 28-year-old.

Valencia president Amadeo Salvo has suggested he is ready to cut a deal with clubs chasing Soldado's signature, but he wants the future of the hit-man, who is reported to have an £18m release clause in his contract, resolved in the next two weeks.

"If any club wants our striker they are obliged to accept our conditions and the price on the market has a clause," he is quoted in the Daily Mirror. "Until August 3, we accept that a deal may happen and we can negotiate, but after that date, he will not leave us."

Soldado fired an impressive 24 La Liga goals last season, as well as a Champions League hat-trick, and has been a consistent performer for Valencia since moving to the Mestalla from Getafe in 2009.

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