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Villas-Boas confirms interest in Soldado

ESPN staff
July 23, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Andre Villas-Boas admits Tottenham do need a striker

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed the club are interested in bringing Valencia striker Roberto Soldado to White Hart Lane - but negotiations between the two clubs have broken down, according to Valencia-based newspaper Super Deporte.

The Spain international has been tipped to move away from the Mestalla, and Premier League interest has come from both Tottenham and Liverpool in recent weeks.

Speaking in Hong Kong, Villas-Boas revealed Soldado is one of the options the club are looking at, but insisted no deal has been struck with Valencia.

"At the moment, he's just one of the players we are interested in," Villas-Boas said.

"It's not a lie to anybody that we've been looking for a striker to strengthen our squad and to have more strength in depth. Roberto is one of the players we have been following and his career speaks for itself. He's a great striker.

"But there isn't a deal being struck at the moment, it's just interest and conversations."

However, according to reports, it appears that Spurs are closing in on the 28-year-old, with Spanish radio station Cadena SER saying Tottenham sporting director Franco Baldini has met with the agent of Soldado, and the release clause of around £26 million could be triggered within the next few days.

Baldini was in Valencia on Monday to meet with the striker's agent and Valencia president Amadeo Salvo.

The offer was believed to be £22 million plus potential add-ons, but Salvo refused to drop his price below £26 million and the deal hit a stalemate.

It was thought that Soldado, who is due to join up with his Valencia team-mates this Saturday, had agreed personal terms with the North London club and the Valencia president said on Monday that an agreement between the clubs was close.

Spurs, who have already missed out on David Villa and Christian Benteke, now look to be facing further frustration in the market.

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