Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly closing in on the signing on Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, with sporting director Franco Baldini in the Spanish city in the hope of completing a deal.
Valencia president Amadeo Salvo has admitted that Spurs are "not far" from meeting the €30million valuation they have placed on Soldado, with a bid of around €26million plus €4million in add-ons being widely quoted.
Soldado has scored 82 goals in 141 games for Valencia, and would represent a change in Spurs’ approach to the transfer market, not only breaking their record signing but also seeing the London side spend a large amount on a player likely to have little resale value.
The 28-year-old has scored over 20 goals in all competitions in each of the past four seasons, three of which he has spent with Valencia, netting 24 times in La Liga last year.
Soldado might not be the last new striker arriving at White Hart Lane this summer, with reports in the Daily Mirror suggesting that Tottenham Hotspur are also looking to bring in Lisandro Lopez from Lyon.
The 30-year-old only has one year left on his current contract at the French club, who may be forced to sell Lopez this summer to avoid risking losing him on a free next year.
The Argentine can play either as a central striker or on the wings, which could see him cover several positions in a new look 4-3-3 formation at Spurs, and has scored 82 goals in his 166 appearances for Lyon over the past four seasons.
However one striker looking less and less likely to join is Leandro Damiao, with Zenit St Petersburg emerging as the favourites to sign the Brazilian striker, who has been linked with Spurs for the past couple of years.
Southampton were also reportedly interested in Damiao this summer, and Napoli had seemed close to agreeing a deal, but the Russian club are prepared to offer the Internacional player better personal terms.
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