Andre Villas-Boas has today confirmed that Tottenham are still in the hunt for Valencia's talismanic hitman, Roberto Soldado.

The 28-year-old striker has been linked with a move to north London ever since the season finished, and Spurs had hoped to tie up a deal earlier this week when newly-appointed sporting director Franco Baldini visited Roberto's agent in Spain.

However, unfortunately for Tottenham, after discussions Baldini came back empty handed, but AVB insists a move for the 11-time capped Spanish international is still on.

AVB'S quotes in The Mirror read: "There is interest in the player, no matter what happened in the last couple of days."

The former Porto and Chelsea chief was referring to the discussions between Baldini and Valencia as they failed to agree a fee.

"He is a quality player, he has done well at Valencia for the last few seasons.

"He has had a good education from the Real Madrid school and he is a player which we interested in adding."

Soldado has an impressive track record. Having started out in the Real Madrid B team, he hit 64 goals in 120 appearances.

Former Madrid manager Fabio Capello sent the forward out on a season-long loan to fellow Spanish outfit Osasuna to get some regular game time under his belt, where he found the net on 11 occasions.

Despite his impressive strike rate, he could not force himself into contention for a starting place in Madrid's first XI, and a permanent transfer to Getafe followed.

This was the making of Soldado as he bagged 29 goals in 60 appearances, rewarding him with a move to current club Valencia.

Up to now he has scored a more than impressive 59 goals in 101 appearances, as well as captaining them in both the league and Champions League.

Tottenham's need for a striker has been highly documented since last season, and it seems Soldado is AVB's number one target.

With just an injury-hit Jermain Defoe and a misfiring Emmanuel Adebayor as recognised strikers last season, Spurs were lacking the options and cutting edge to fire them into the top four and beyond.

Even at times Clint Dempsey was used in the number nine role which highlighted the need for an established frontman at the Lane. 

Soldado looks to be the perfect option to take Tottenham to the next level as he can lead the line on his own and could cause a lot of damage with supply from the likes of Aaron Lennon, Gareth Bale and recently-signed Belgian winger, Nacer Chadli.

With the 2014 World Cup just under a year away, a move to the Premier League may interest Soldado as he has the opportunity to impress in the most-watched division in world football.

A year of scoring goals in England could well cement his place as Spain's main striker heading into Rio next June.

Spurs will look to thrash out a deal quickly before reported interest from Liverpool becomes concrete and end their search for a goal machine in N17.


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