Tottenham Hotspur head coach Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed the club are interested in bringing Valencia striker Roberto Soldado to White Hart Lane.
Spurs are seeking to reinforce their attack, but interest in the likes of David Villa and Christian Benteke has failed to bear fruit, and Spain striker Soldado, 28, is now a target.
Speaking in Hong Kong, Villas-Boas said: "At the moment, he's just one of the players we are interested in. 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."
Spurs’ director of football, Franco Baldini, was in Valencia on Monday to meet with the striker’s agent, Alberto Toldra, and Valencia president Amadeo Salvo.
Valencia have stated time and again that they will only listen to offers of €30 million — Soldado’s release clause &mdash and Salvo told Spanish daily AS after the meeting with Baldini that there was “very little difference” between Tottenham’s offer and the price tag Valencia are holding out for.
According to AS, Spurs are offering €26 million plus add-ons, and the paper believes that personal terms have already been agreed.
Los Che will now move to find a replacement for their star striker with former Spurs flop Helder Postiga and Roma’s Pablo Osvaldo heading their short list.