Tottenham Hotspur latest: Including Villa and Martinez

A round-up of news and views relating to Tottenham Hotspur over the past 24 hours.

There has been plenty of speculation linking Tottenham Hotspur with possible transfers today, with perhaps the most interesting suggesting that Spurs are lining up a £45million double swoop for Barcelona’s David Villa and Porto’s Jackson Martinez, with the 26-year-old Colombian rated as one of the most exciting strikers in Europe after a fantastic season in Portugal.

Elsewhere the speculation is that Spurs will spend £28million on David Villa and long term target Leandro Damiao, who might finally leave Brazilian side Internacional this summer. Spurs fans will be wary of links with Damiao, who has seemed close to a move to White Hart Lane for several transfer windows, but on HITC today we argue that the 23-year-old would be worth the wait if a deal could finally be struck.

Another striker Spurs are rumoured to be tracking is Roma forward Pablo Osvaldo, who has been dropped from the Italy squad after publicly criticising his club manager after they lost in the Italian Cup final to Rome rivals Lazio. Napoli and Fiorentina are also reportedly interested in the striker, who seems certain to leave Roma this summer.

Big spending Monaco are apparently set to bid for Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool target Hatem Ben Arfa, who might leave Newcastle United this summer for around £10million. Monaco have already completed a £60million move for Porto’s Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez this summer, with Radamel Falcao likely to follow.

David Bentley is set to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer, with a number of clubs reportedly monitoring the 28-year-old including West Ham, Wigan and West Bromwich Albion. Bentley was loaned out to Russian side FC Rostov and Blackburn Rovers this year, but failed to impress and is not part of Andre Villas-Boas’ plans at Spurs.

On HITC today, we look at which players from Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal make a combined eleven, and suggest Spurs could now step up their pursuit of Matej Vydra after Watford failed to get promoted to the Premier League yesterday.

We also look at how Zinedine Zidane’s new role at Real Madrid might mean more speculation about Gareth Bale’s future, and argue that Leandro Damiao would prove worth the wait if Spurs could finally sign him this summer.

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