£6.25m Tottenham flop denied chance to replace AVB’s £26m new striker

Helder Postiga will not be on his way to Valencia as a replacement for Roberto Soldado this summer.

One key area in which Tottenham Hotspur have needed to invest, for perhaps a couple of seasons now, has been in the striking department.

Their lack of options last season told when Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe struggled for fitness, form or both - and some even pointed the finger of Champions League qualification failure in that direction.

So this summer a new striker was essential - and they now have their man.

Andre Villas-Boas now has the services of Valencia striker Roberto Soldado at his disposal - although they didn’t come cheap.

The club had to pay £26 million for the Spanish international - but with the hope he can grab 30 odd goals this campaign it seems a deal worth rolling the dice on this summer.

Valencia on the other hand are now searching for a replacement - and in a strange twist of fate the radar has pin-pointed a former Tottenham Hotspur striker as their number one target.

But not one remembered positively at The Lane.

When a young Portuguese international in the form of Helder Postiga walked through the doors, hair in Alice band and bright orange boots a blazing he certainly looked the part.

But he did not play like it - flopping like a salmon on dry land with an abysmal record of one goal from 24 appearances.

He was sold back to Porto the following summer, and went on to have stints in Greece and France, before ending up in Spain with Real Zaragoza.

Last season was the Portugal internationals best since the campaign that earned him that original Spurs transfer. Therefore he was considered a cost effective transfer solution to the Soldado equation by cash-strapped Valencia.

With Zaragoza suffering relegation last season the deal was supposed to be made even easier.

But it has now fallen through after the two parties could not agree on a price for the player.

Zaragoza wanted €4 million for the 31-year-old, while Valencia would not budge over €3 million for a man of his ilk.

Postiga is still being courted by several clubs around Europe - with Zaragoza keen on a sale at the right price.

So he should still avoid second tier football in 2013-14.

But the idea of replacing the man bought by Tottenham to score their goals would have filled him with excitement.

If he could outscore Soldado he might have, in a warped way, proved a point to himself and punters in the UK.

It unfortunately looks like he will no longer get that chance.

image: © Jason Bagley

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