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Valencia striker Roberto Soldado a wanted man

Tottenham continue to negotiate the signing of striker Roberto Soldado from Valencia.


The cash-strapped La Liga side appear to be holding out for Tottenham to meet the player’s £25m buy-out clause; a hefty fee for a 28 year old, especially considering Valencia manager Miroslav Djukic has publicly admitted Soldado is heading for the exit.


Tottenham find themselves short of firepower, with manager Andre Villas-Boas looking to recruit competition for Jermaine Defoe and the enigmatic Emmanuel Adebayor.


A return of 59 goals in 101 appearances for Valencia has earned the forward 11 caps for Spain; no mean feat in such a golden era for Spanish football.


However, the conclusion of the Luis Suarez transfer saga could still play a part in the striker’s future, as Liverpool may move to secure a replacement for the unsettled Uruguayan or Arsenal may be forced to turn their attention towards Spain… Continue reading →

Naive Liverpool Ayre-ing on the side of caution


Whatever the outcome of the typically petulant and protracted transfer saga involving Luis Suarez this summer, the decision makers at Liverpool must surely, at the second time of asking, learn a valuable lesson. Much commendation was given to Ian Ayre, Brendan Rodgers and his team for securing signings such as Kolo Touré and Iago Aspas so early in the transfer window. In an attempt to atone for last season’s disastrous release of Andy Carroll without securing a proper replacement, the Liverpool staff for once seemed to act with a degree of foresight and pro-activeness.


All of the early media hype surrounding highly rated Armenian attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan also appeared to indicate that they were willing to make that step forward and splash out on a marquee, potentially world class signing. As a worst case scenario this could be seen as preparation for life without Luis Suarez, a player… Continue reading →


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