Report: Tottenham aware of interest in Roberto Soldado, Pochettino 'reluctant' to sell

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly unwilling to sell striker Roberto Soldado.

Reports emanating from Sport Bild in Germany this morning suggested that Bayer Leverkusen were interested in signing Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado.

Meanwhile, Calcio Mercato in Italy suggested that Roma had lined up a move for Soldado in a bid to boost their front line.

However, The Telegraph are tonight reporting that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is reluctant to sell the Spaniard despite his struggles in England.

The 29-year-old joined Spurs in a £26m deal from Valencia back in the summer of 2013, and despite smashing 81 goals in 141 games for Valencia, he's failed to make the same impact in the Premier League.

With just seven Premier League goals to his name in a season-and-a-half at White Hart Lane, the former Real Madrid youngster has been a disappointment in North London.

So, why would Pochettino be so insistent on keeping Soldado at the club? According to The Telegraph, there are two big reasons.

The first is that Pochettino wouldn't want to lose another striker given that he has just three at his disposal already. Harry Kane may have emerged as a consistent goalscorer, but the same can't be said for Emmanuel Adebayor - and until the Argentine finds another striker, he wouldn't contemplate the sale of Soldado.

The second is that Pochettino values Soldado's effort and work rate in attack, and believes that the Spaniard is a selfless team player who puts in the graft up front - even if he doesn't always get the rewards for it.

That means that no matter how much Leverkusen, Roma or anyone else want to sign Soldado, a deal would be incredibly difficult, with Pochettino reportedly adamant that the former Spanish international won't be leaving.

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