Tottenham Hotspur latest: Including Soldado and Kaboul

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Tottenham are again being linked with Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, but the transfer price could be nowhere near the high amount quoted earlier in the week. The Spanish club are insisting on a £20 million minimum fee, but with the club at risk of missing out on Champions League qualification, currently fifth in La Liga, it would place added strain on their already strained finances, with the Metro quoting a cut-price £8 million fee.

Scott Parker says he is upset by the boo's he received from West Ham on Monday night, after the tireless effort he put into playing for the club in their relegation season, winning Player of the Year accolades.

He said: "I didn't expect the West Ham fans to boo me and obviously it was a little bit upsetting, I don't know why (they did it). I don't know if it's because I went to their local rivals... I'm not sure, but I just would have liked to think that maybe I would have got a better reception after what I did in my time here."

Tottenham have turned down a bid for Younes Kaboul, report the Guardian. Russian big-spenders Anzhi Machachkala had approached Spurs, with the Russian transfer deadline ending tonight, as they attempt to snap up a central defensive replacement for Christopher Samba who they sold to QPR in January.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has spoken out about Gareth Bale's recent form, stating the Welshman still has some way to go before he can be considered in the same stratosphere as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Independent have devoted an article to Ferdinand's comments asking if he is in fact right, while we wonder if Rio feels confident to say such words because United have played Spurs already twice this season.

Gylfi Sigurdsson says the North London Derby will play only a small part in Champions League qualification, keeping perspective that even if Spurs win it they still have a big job to do before the end of the season, even citing Manchester City's last minute title winning goal as evidence they have to keep pushing no matter what transpires on Sunday.

We have taken another look at Souleymane Coulibaly's loan from Spurs to US Grosetto, angled on the player he is competing for game-time with, former Arsenal 'wonderkid' Arturo Lupoli. The Italian was once praised by Thierry Henry as a star of the future, but now plies his trade with Serie B's bottom club, where Coulibaly is trying to get his own career off the ground in his first spell of competitive first team football.

Jan Vertonghen also gets a mention in our 'five out the box player of the year candidates' ignoring the obvious choices which include Gareth Bale, and Steven Caulker in the young players category, and also ask if Michael Dawson is the best English centre-back in the Premier League this season.

And finally, we bring you up to date with the NextGen Series quarter final draw, where Tottenham will play Sporting Lisbon who knocked Liverpool out in the last 16. The full draw can be seen here.

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