With their need of a striker continuing as the new Premier League season looms near, Spurs have suffered a set back in their efforts to land Valencia star Roberto Soldado.  

Soldado, 28, is one of the cash strapped Spanish sides most valuable assets, and the cash generated from any sale of the Spanish International would go a long way to helping ease the burden at the Mestalla Stadium. 

But at this moment in time, no deal has been struck despite Spurs boss Andres Villas-Boas stating his interest in the forward. 

Speaking in Hong Kong, Villas-Boas said: "At the moment, he's just one of the players we are interested in. 

"It's not a lie to anybody that we've been looking for a striker to strengthen our squad and to have more strength in depth." 

Having seen so many of their goals come from Real Madrid target Gareth Bale last season, the one position that many Spurs fans want to see reinforced is their forward line as they chase a Champions League place.  

Much of their attacking emphasis came from the speedy Welshman last season and while they will be hoping he stays in London and continues his fine form from last term, a recognised goalscorer ahead of him would go a long way in improving their chances of playing in Europe's top competition once again.

Soldado, who ended the season as the top scorer at the Mestalla, will be allowed to leave should Spurs up their interest and offer the fee in his contract.  

The fee involved would see Spurs smash their transfer record, and it remains to be seen if Daniel Levy will give the green light in order to bring Soldado in. 

But Spurs fans can remain hopeful as Valencia's president Amadeo Salva said: "We agreed to meet Tottenham again to discuss the ways of paying and we did that because we understood that his buy-out clause would be met." 

And it is also understood that Franco Baldini, technical director at White Hart Lane, is in Spain to continue talks about a possible move.

Spurs are in need of a world-class forward to operate ahead of Gareth Bale and Soldado would certainly fit that bill should a deal be struck for his services.  

And with Valencia deep in financial crisis ahead of the new season, they will be looking to continue negotiations, provided the minimum fee is met.

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