Fresh twist in Spurs pursuit of Italy striker - reports

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Tottenham's hopes of signing Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi this summer could be scuppered by Juventus, it has been claimed.

According to Rossi's agent, Federico Pastorello, Juve have registered their interest in the Italy international, although Rossi may yet remain at El Madrigal.

"It is logical that Juventus want to find out about him because he is a top player," said Pastorello.

"At the beginning of the summer it seemed that things would move very quickly, but at the moment we are unsure what will happen.

"A number of clubs have shown interest since the end of the season, but the only thing I can say at the moment is that he has a five-year contract with Villarreal."

Spurs are thought to be keeping a keen eye on Rossi, having failed in an initial bid to bring him to White Hart Lane during the January transfer window.


Harry Redknapp confirmed this week that Spurs had an offer of £18 million rebuffed for the former Manchester United forward, and the 64-year-old concedes the club will have to increase that bid by a substantial margin in order to secure Rossi's services.

"Rossi's top drawer," the Spurs boss told Sky Sports News. "He's a clever player.

"He gets it into feet, he holds the ball up, he scores goals, and he's the Italy centre-forward now.

"We tried to get him last year and I think the fee was £18million. That looks cheap now but he was a player we nearly had last year."

Spurs have also been linked with Espanyol's Pablo Osvaldo and Chelsea star Didier Drogba in their pursuit of a goalscorer of proven quality.

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