AC Milan are set to open talks with Tottenham over a potential move for struggling striker Roberto Soldado, according to reports.
The Daily Mail claims the Italian giants have identified the Spanish international striker as a solution to their striker issues.
While fellow Spaniard Fernando Torres has been signed on a permanent deal this was simply so the Italian club could send him on loan to Atletico Madrid in return for Alessio Cerci.
Giampaolo Pazzini has been disgruntled in Milan, so there is room for an additional out and out striker to join the Rosseneiri.
However, Milan have had to limit their financial outlays since undergoing a period of financial restructuring. Instead of challenging for titles, continental qualification has been their main goal and they missed out on Europe last season.
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As a result, any move is reputed to be on a loan basis initially, something Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is unlikely to approve.
Soldado has struggled at White Hart Lane ever since his £26million move from Valencia. He has scored only 15 times in 55 games for the Lilywhites, and has only one Premier League goal this season.
Despite this, the ex-Getafe and Real Madrid forward is second choice under Mauricio Pochettino, mainly due to the indifferent form and attitude of Emmanuel Adebayor.
If Pochettino could he would sell both strikers but that would leave the side painfully short of striking options, and would be a big risk in the January window.