Tottenham Hotspur will have to break the bank if they wish to land striker target Pablo Osvaldo.

The Argentine-born forward has been heavily linked with a move away from Espanyol this summer, with Spurs thought to be leading the chase from the Barclays Premier League.

Atletico Madrid have also been courting the player, with reports in Spain claiming the club have targeted Osvaldo as a potential replacement for Manchester City signing Sergio Aguero. Their €20 million bid fell short of the player's valuation though.

"If the player (Osvaldo) wants to go there is a buy-out clause of 30million euros and the league starts in two weeks," Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino said in Sport.

"The time has come to put the cards on the table. As far as I am concerned he is a player that is difficult to replace if he goes.

"It isn't good to not have things clear at this stage."


Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp is keen to shuffle his attacking pack at White Hart Lane this summer, with the north Londoners failing in their pursuit of fellow La Liga striker Giuseppe Rossi and Diego Forlan.

The Spurs chief has stated in the past that players will have to leave before additional faces arrive at White Hart Lane, and the latest evaluation of 25-year-old Osvaldo makes a move to England unlikely.

Indeed, the sale of Luka Modric to Chelsea would be the only likely scenario in which Tottenham Hotspur had the finances to move for the former Fiorentina forward, and with Redknapp keen to keep hold of the Croatian, Spurs' interest appears all-but over.

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