Tottenham Hotspur face competition from Fiorentina in the race for David Villa

The Spanish striker’s representative has said he is fascinated by Fiorentina’s plans, are the Italian side set to make a move?

No transfer is ever complete until the fat lady sings, or at least the club’s official Twitter account confirms it, but according to all reports, Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on their first summer signing in the shape of Paulinho.

Exciting as that news is, the arrival of the 24-year-old midfielder will not solve Spurs biggest squad problem, which is undeniably up front, where the lack of consistency among their existing options was an important factor in their failure to claim a Champions League place.

With Spurs’ interest in Leandro Damiao seemingly dead (for now, at least), their interest has switched to Spanish strikers, and Barcelona striker David Villa is reportedly the key target this summer,

Any move for the 31-year-old is likely to have to wait until after this month’s Confederations Cup, but in the meantime the news had been good for Spurs, in that Arsenal and Liverpool’s interest in Villa was likely to drop off as they pursued other targets.

Liverpool have brought in Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto, and are seemingly keen to make a big money move for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, three moves that would bolster their attacking resources.

Meanwhile Arsenal are closing on a move for Gonzalo Higuain, and with Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott already on their books, they might view a move for Villa as superfluous.

Tottenham Hotspur might have hoped that would rule two big rivals in the race for Villa out of the picture, but recently another has emerged, with the Spaniard’s representative, Victor Onate, himself praising the set up at Fiorentina, who are likely to be in the market for a striker if Stevan Jovetic leaves.

"It would be an exaggeration to speak about an official interest but we know Fiorentina's plans and they are fascinating,” Onate told Tuttomercatoweb.

"I know the technical director, Eduardo Macia, with whom I worked in Valencia, and we are constantly in touch.”

Another club in the race is undoubtedly a concern for Spurs, but they might hope that the rumours Villa himself prefers a move to the Premier League will prove true.

If there is one positive to come from this, it is that Villa’s agent is keen on Fiorentina despite the Italian side falling agonisingly short of a Champions League place last season, a situation all too familiar to Spurs fans.

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