According to reports in The Guardian, Tottenham Hotspur appear to be moving closer to completing the signing of Valencia striker Roberto Soldado.
Spurs will have to pay an estimated €30million to prise the Spanish international away from the Mestalla, but talks have been progressing.
Franco Baldini, formerly Fabio Capello's assistant with England and now technical director at Tottenham, has taken control in negotiating the transfer and the fact that he has travelled to Valencia this week shows how badly Spurs want Soldado.
With a solid defence already in place, a striker is next on Andre Villas-Boas' summer wish lift. The Spurs boss has already bolstered his midfield by signing the promising Brazilian Paulinho and added to his wide options with the purchase of Nacer Chadli from FC Twente.
The reality of the matter is that Tottenham desperately need another striker, with the ageing Jermain Defoe and the inconsistent Emmanuel Adebayor currently the only out-and-out forwards in Villas-Boas' squad.
Securing Soldado's transfer would provide a great boost around White Hart Lane. It looks likely that Spurs will have to break their transfer record to secure the player and such a show of desire in the transfer market can only help improve morale amongst fans and players alike at the club.
Securing Soldado, who has scored 57 goals in all competitions in the past two seasons, might be the key factor in persuading Gareth Bale to stay at Tottenham. Looking at the current state of Tottenham's squad it looks like the responsibility for scoring the majority of the teams goals will once again fall on the Welshman next season.
If Soldado signs, Bale and the Tottenham team as a whole will be much better as a result and may even have the potential to challenge for higher than a fourth-place finish.
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