There is an air of desperation surrounding Tottenham Hotspur’s hunt for a new striker this summer, but were they to complete a move for Roberto Soldado, there is no doubt it will be viewed as a successful transfer window, and some fans might even count themselves fortunate to have missed out on David Villa and Christian Benteke if they signed the Valencia player.
However it will be a tricky deal to conclude, not only because of the record breaking, well for Spurs at least, fees involved, but also because Valencia need to sign a replacement for Soldado.
The 28-year-old is their star player and their board will need a new striker to arrive quickly to assuage their fans if he does leave, and one of the names apparently being targeted is former Spurs player Helder Postiga.
Postiga arrived at White Hart Lane in 2003 on the back of an excellent season under Jose Mourinho at Porto, and much was expected of the striker.
However the Portuguese international failed to adapt to the Premier League, scoring just one goal in 24 appearances for Spurs, and he was quickly sold back to Porto.
Postiga might not have been the star striker Spurs had hoped for, but he might be about to make up for that several years later by enabling them to sign Soldado.
The 30-year-old enjoyed a fine season at Real Zaragoza last year, scoring 14 times in La Liga, and is reportedly on Valencia’s short list of possible replacements for Soldado.
Fred and Pablo Osvaldo are also being considered by the Spanish club, who will hope to have a deal lined up perhaps before they agree to sell Soldado.
Signing Soldado would be a huge move for Spurs in a summer where they have already splashed out on Paulinho and Nacer Chadli, and it would send a clear statement to the rest of the Premier League that they are ready to compete with the top clubs. It will not be an easy deal to conclude, but if Helder Postiga can help them, it would be a fine way for the striker to finally earn his spurs.