The Football Transfer Tavern is a hive of activity this afternoon and Tottenham fans sat round the bar are looking pleasantly pleased with life at their club. We expect they have seen the story in the Metro that suggests that transfer of Roberto Soldado to White Hart Lane is imminent.
The 28-year-old Spain international was left at home as the La Liga side jetted off to the United States for their pre-season tour as talks continued with Los Che and Spurs with the switch expected to be confirmed in the next few days.
The striker is set to join in a £25.8m club-record transfer as Andre Villas-Boas looks to bolster his strikeforce ahead of the new campaign.
Valencia president Amadeo Salvo admitted that a fee has been agreed between the two clubs, and revealed only an issue with the player’s representatives is delaying matters.
‘The deal with Tottenham has been completed. A problem with Soldado’s agents has come up and the player will not leave the club until a solution has been found,’ he told Spanish reporters today.
Soldado, hit 24 goals in La Liga for Los Che last season but given his club’s current financial issues they have to sell him this summer. The La Liga club have already starting eyeing up possible replacements with a season-long loan for Chelsea striker Fernando Torres in the offering.
The arrival of the Spanish striker in North London would be the third of the summer after Vilas-Boas successfully added Brazilian midfielder Paulinho and FC Twente winger Nacer Chadli to this squad for the new campaign.