One big-spending MLS club has its sights set on acquiring Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado this winter, according to FutbolMLS.com.
Soldado, 29, has struggled to make the desired impact at White Hart Lane since his £26 million arrival from Valencia last summer, scoring just six goals in 28 Premier League games during his first season with the club.
Things haven’t improved much under new manager Mauricio Pochettino this term either, with the misfiring Spaniard restricted to just 39 minutes of top-flight action over two substitute appearances.
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While his lone starts in the Europa League qualifier at AEL Limassol and last week’s 3-1 Capital One Cup win over Nottingham Forest have both resulted in goals, Emmanuel Adebayor remains the preferred option up top, and even youngster Harry Kane has been give more opportunities to impress so far under the former Southampton boss.
Rumours of a potential departure come January have already begun to do the rounds, with Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid two clubs mentioned as possible destinations, as well as an unnamed but 'powerful' MLS team, who would be prepared to match the front man's £75,000-per-week wages.
Spurs, however, are determined to make back some of their investment, and a reported £13 million asking price would prove a clear stumbling block to a deal being reached, despite the league having made several other big-name additions over the past 18 months.
An initial season-long loan with a a smaller fee is a possible alternative, but it remains to be seen whether Soldado himself would even be willing to accept a move to the US at this stage of his career.
As far as who the club in question might be, expansion sides New York City FC and Orlando City, who are both set to enter the league in 2015, are two possibilities, although the former have addressed the forward position over the summer with the addition of fellow Spanish marksman David Villa.
Elsewhere, the LA Galaxy and the New York Red Bulls could be looking for replacements for Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry, respectively, with the US national team legend set to retire at the end of the season, and the soon-to-be out-of-contract Frenchman considering doing the same.