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Dos Santos heading to Spain

Giovani Dos Santos' nightmare spell at Tottenham could be coming to an end after Villarreal and Granada both claimed they are in negotiations with the Mexican over a move to Spain.

Dos Santos, 22, was hailed as one of the brightest prospects in world football when he signed from Barcelona four years ago, but struggled to make an impact and has had subsequent loan spells at Ipswich, Galatasaray and Racing Santander.

The forward, who has made just 15 starts during his time at White Hart Lane, scored and helped set up two more goals in Spurs' FA Cup win over Cheltenham earlier this month, but is not in Harry Redknapp's long-term plans and the player himself wants to leave.

Villarreal, who sit just above the relegation zone in La Liga, appear to be his preferred destination.

The club's vice-president told elperiodico mediterraneo: ''The negotiations are going well and it seems the player wants to come to Villarreal.''

The Yellow Submarine face competition from Primera Division rivals Granada for Dos Santos' signature, however.

''We are the only Spanish club that has made a formal offer for him but we are running out of days before the end of the transfer window and it could be that another club will come in tomorrow with more money,'' Granada president Quique Pina told Granada Hoy.

''There are players out there of a high level and we found difficulty bringing them to Granada. We are fighting as hard as we can and at this moment and we are in a good position over Giovani so long as another club does not get involved.

''It's logical that the player wants to play for more important clubs but if there isn't a better offer it will be difficult for him to go to another club.''


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