Valencia striker Roberto Soldado is currently the most sought-after striker in European football, with Tottenham and Liverpool leading the chase.
Valencia have stated that the striker will only be sold if the €30 million buy-out clause is met, but boss Miroslav Djukic expects his striker to stay put as he doesn’t believe any club would offer enough money.
Tottenham are known admirers, but after David Villa chose Atletico Madrid and Christian Benteke signed a contract extension at Aston Villa, Tottenham have stepped up their efforts to land Soldado before the transfer window closes.
They had bids of £17 million and £20 million rejected by Valencia and are readying a £23 million bid to secure his services, in spite of Valencia wanting the buy-out clause to be met.
Spurs are in need of a striker desperately and have sent Franco Baldini, Tottenham’s technical director, to Valencia for further talks and negotiations with the player and agent.
The 28-year-old striker scored 24 goals for Valencia last season and is hoping to be named in the Spanish national squad for World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
Valencia have given Soldado an August 3 deadline to make a decision on his future.
The Spanish striker started his career at Real Madrid before moving to Getafe in 2008. Valencia brought him to the club as David Villa's replacement, who then moved to La Liga giants, Barcelona.
Solado made 141 appearances for Valencia in all competitions, scoring 81 goals.
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