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Andre Villas-Boas still wants Roberto Soldado

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Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed once more that he is still interested in signing Valencia striker Roberto Soldado.

Spurs have been on the lookout for a new forward for some time, and having missed out on the likes of David Villa and Christian Benteke, the north London club now appear to have their sights set on Soldado.

Villas-Boas confirmed earlier this week that he was interested in landing the former Real Madrid man, however the deal appeared to be in doubt as director of football Franco Baldini returned from talks in Spain empty handed.

Valencia remain adamant that any one of Soldado's suitors, which are said to include Liverpool, will have to pay the €30 million release clause written into his contract.

Spurs are unsaid to be willing to reach that figure but Villas-Boas insisted he was still a target despite the breakdown in talks.

"There is interest in the player, no matter what has happened in the last couple of days," said the 35-year-old.

"We are in conversations, in discussions, but that doesn't mean a deal is going to happen for a player that is a quality player.

"He has done well in Valencia for the last five seasons and had a good education from the Real Madrid school from where he's from.

"He's a player we are interested in having, but I don't have any further developments to give you."

Spurs look likely to face a manic final month in the transfer window as they look to bolster their squad while keeping hold of star player Gareth Bale.

Reports in Spain suggest the Welshman is talking to Real Madrid ahead of a potential switch, but Villas-Boas says Spurs are moving towards tying him down on a long-term deal.

“There was contact between the club and his agent last year and there is ongoing contact," he said.

“We renewed his contract at the beginning of last season, if you remember, and it’s something that is being dealt with by the chairman and the agent.

“Talks are ongoing but that doesn’t mean there is an agreement.

“At the moment we’re confident that the player is under contract at Tottenham.

“It’s something that we’re speaking about, but there aren’t any developments.”

 

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