Tottenham lodge bid for Barcelona forward

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Tottenham have put forward a bid for out-of-favour Barcelona forward David Villa, according to Spanish publication El Confidencial.

Villa could leave the Nou Camp in January after finding first team football hard to come by, and has been linked with a move to a host of Premier League clubs.

Chelsea and Liverpool have both been credited with an interest in the 31-year-old, and are believed to have lodged bids which were subsequently rejected.

It was reported that Liverpool were hoping to take Villa on loan before agreeing a permanent switch, an offer Barcelona rejected out of hand.

Arsenal have also been linked with Spain’s all-time leading goalscorer, but it is their north London rivals Tottenham who appear to be the most keen to land their man after launching a bid to take him to White Hart Lane.

El Confidencial report that Spurs are seeking more firepower in the January transfer window in order to bolster their chances of claiming a top four spot and Champions League qualification.

The Spanish source say Tottenham have put an offer for Villa to Barcelona president Sandro Rosell – however the Catalan club would prefer to sell in the summer rather in the January transfer window.

Tottenham can only currently call upon two outright strikers in Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor, and while Defoe has been in exceptional form this season Adebayor has scored only two league goals and could still depart to play in the African Nations Cup for Togo later this month.

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