Five days after deal was off Tottenham flop replaces AVB's record signing

Portugal Goal

Roberto Soldado's £26 million move to Tottenham Hotspur left Valencia short up top. But they finally got their man ... Helder Postiga.

It was just five days ago when a deal that would see Helder Postiga join Valencia had reportedly fell through.

At the time it appeared to be concrete - the Portuguese international had long been mooted as a possible summer signing for the La Liga outfit.

Postiga was considered one of the bargain La Liga recruits for this summer. After scoring an impressive 14 goals in 37 league appearances last term, Postiga was deemed available - especially as his side Real Zaragoza were relegated from La Liga last term.

So when Valencia sought a cheap solution to their striker shortage it was only natural that Postiga would be linked.

However the two parties could not agree on a fee.

Zaragoza wanted €4 million for the striker while Valencia were only willing to spend €3 million - the deal it seemed was dead.

However, it would now appear that Zaragoza have had a change of heart - after Helder Postiga joined Valencia yesterday.

The deal is believed to be worth €3 million, and Postiga has signed a two-year-deal at the Mestalla.

The reason why this story was so tantalising to me in the first place was the common denominator in the case - Tottenham Hotspur.

Because Postiga has, in some part, been brought in by Los Che to replace Tottenham’s recent £26 million record signing Roberto Soldado.

Now while Soldado may have scored ten more league goals then Postiga last term, the massive discrepancy in price means Valencia have bagged a bargain.

Of course Tottenham fans will not have fond memories of Postiga’s time in North London.

The Portuguese joined for £6.25 million from FC Porto in 2003 - but scored one goal and lasted just one season, before returning to Portugal.

However, since then, he has always remained a feature in the Portuguese national team and his poaching ability appears to have earned him his latest transfer.

Valencia are rumoured to be chasing more striking targets this summer but do not expect them to spend big. In fact, given their financial situation, it would not be surprising at all for Postiga to be viewed as a very cheap replacement for Soldado.

So the Tottenham flop replaces the new Tottenham star - funny how this old game works out sometimes.

image: © Jason Bagley

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