All summer it has been clear that Tottenham needed a new striker. In fact that was clear last summer just nothing ever came to fruition. Clint Dempsey failed to replicate his performances for Fulham while Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe had sporadic bouts of form throughout the entire campaign; needless to say it didn’t take a rocket scientist to see they needed a new frontman.
But the club have so far failed in their attempts to sign both David Villa and Christian Benteke; while the Leandro Damiao saga has gone beyond irritating.
But it seemed they had the perfect alternative to all the above; with Valencia striker Roberto Soldado becoming available.
The Spanish international has a release clause of £26 million in his current deal with the club. Valencia, who missed out on Champions League football on the final day of the La Liga season, are apparently ready to sell; in order to appease the Spanish tax-man.
Which brings us to the point in question; Spurs only have a week to make the deal work according to Valencia.
The Spanish club has set a deadline of August the 3rd, next Saturday, for any teams to complete a move for Soldado; in order to facilitate the incomings from the sale with the tax office.
But with Tottenham dawdling like they have picked up an unfortunate reputation for in the recent past this deadline may fall on deaf ears.
So Valencia, who you sense need the sale, will be hoping Luis Suarez is an Arsenal player in the next seven days.
Because Liverpool have reportedly eyed up Soldado as the perfect replacement for the unhappy Uruguayan.
Should Liverpool receive the asking price they are said to be after for their 26-year-old star striker they are said to be willing to meet the 28-year-old's, who scored 30 goals in 46 games last term, release clause.
But again time is at the essence. Valencia have been very clear that August 3rd is the deadline and after that they would see no point in selling; as it would not give them the rewards they are looking for.
So there we have it. It is a two horse race with seven days to decide whether Soldado is worth that type of money.
Ready, steady … go.
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