Tottenham Hotspur must increase their offer to £25 million in order to land Roberto Soldado, according to the Daily Mirror.
Despite Valencia missing out on the Champions League, they are insisting Tottenham up their original offer of £17 million to reach Soldado's release clause. Then, the Spanish club will allow him to go.
Spurs are intent on signing a new striker this summer and have targeted Soldado. David Villa, Christian Benteke and Pablo Osvaldo are also among their list of targets.
Soldado was recently part of the Spanish squad in the Confederations Cup and also scored in Spain's opening game against Uruguay. The Valencia hit-man has scored six goals in only 11 appearances for Spain.
The 28-year-old has been Valencia's star performer since joining from Getafe in June 2010. He has made 141 appearances for the club, scoring 81 goals in the process.
Soldado has helped Valencia consistently challenge for the Champions League places in La Liga, and such form has attracted admiring glances from some of Europe's finest.
Soldado is the ideal striker to take Spurs back to the Champions League. He has great hold-up play and links up with his teammates to great effect.
He has a great turn of pace and with his strength, Soldado would settle into the English game with ease. Most importantly, he's an out-and-out goalscorer, which Spurs have been missing since Dimitar Berbatov left the club.
The stats suggest Soldado would be a success if he joined Tottenham, but Spurs must now break their transfer record to land the Spaniard.
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