Report: Tottenham misfit Roberto Soldado requests summer transfer

Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado has reportedly asked for a transfer this summer.

According to The Guardian, Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado has told the club he wants to leave this summer amid speculation of a move to Villarreal.

Soldado, 30, arrived at Tottenham just two years ago having starred for Valencia, hitting 81 goals in 141 games for the Spanish outfit before making his move to White Hart Lane.

Originally seen as the man to revolutionise Tottenham's attack, Soldado has been one of the biggest flops in recent Premier League history, hitting just 16 goals in 76 games for the club.

Now, after limited first team opportunities under Mauricio Pochettino last season, The Guardian report that Soldado has asked Spurs to let him leave the club this season.

Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo reported earlier this week that Villarreal have already held talks over a deal to take Soldado back to Spain - and his request to leave could accelerate that potential transfer.

Must sign a striker

Regardless of whether Soldado leaves or not this summer, Tottenham need to bring in at least one more forward to assist Harry Kane in attack.

With Emmanuel Adebayor offering little in the way of goalscoring support, Pochettino needs to be lining up attacking reinforcements - which could ramp up if Soldado does head back to Spain this summer.

Soldado's failure has been disappointing for Tottenham, but they took a gamble on him replicating his La Liga exploits in English football - and may end up doing the same again this summer too.

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