Tottenham Hotspur transfer news: Soldado hints and Paulinho

A select round-up of transfer news relating to Tottenham Hotspur, including Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Ibrahim Afellay and Pierre-­Emerick Aubameyang.

Roberto Soldado has indicated he would be interested in a move to either Spain or England this summer, with the in-demand striker likely to be available for around £20million.

The 28-year-old also said he was happy at Valencia, but would not rule out a transfer after saying how he had watched other Spanish players succeed after moving abroad.

Soldado scored 24 La Liga goals last season, to take his league record with Valencia to 60 in three seasons at the Mestalla. It would almost certainly need a club record bid for Spurs to sign the 28-year-old, with David Villa perhaps viewed as a cheaper alternative.

Another striker reportedly on Spurs’ radar is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is set to leave St Etienne this summer. The 23-year-old is valued at around £10million, with Newcastle United and Monaco also linked with the player recently.

The Gabon international scored 21 times for St Etienne last season, and has made his intentions to leave the club clear.

The striker is currently away on international duty with Gabon, for whom he scored a hat-trick of penalties in their 4-1 win over Niger yesterday.

Monaco are likely to be Spurs’ biggest rivals, with the free-spending Ligue 1 side likely to outbid any English side in pursuit of Aubameyang.

Corinthians have insisted that they have not received any bids yet for midfielder Paulinho, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

The 24-year-old, who scored for Brazil in their 3-0 Confederations Cup win over Japan last night, has said that his agent is in England to discuss his future, with Spurs rumoured to be close to agreeing a £14.5million deal for the player.

Interesting Paulinho’s agent, Giuliano Bertolucci, also represents winger Bernard, another Brazilian Spurs are apparently hoping to sign this summer.

Spurs have been linked again with a move for Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay. The Dutch international could be available for around £8million this summer as Barcelona overhaul their squad, and Spurs might see Afellay as a good option to add depth to their attacking resources.

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