Tottenham suffer transfer setback

Ciprian Marica

Andre Villas-Boas has suffered a transfer setback, as striker Ciprian Marica rejected the opportunity to join Tottenham on a free transfer after failing to agree personal terms, according to the Metro.

The Romanian forward is still looking for a club after being released by Bundesliga outfit Schalke last season, and appeared to destined for a switch to the Premier League.

North London rivals Arsenal were also said to be interested in the striker, but it was Tottenham who began the negotiations, although on this occasion they proved unsuccessful.

Andre Villas-Boas is in the market for another striker, with the futures of both Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor both uncertain.

Both are yet to earn a Premier League start this season, with £26million forward Roberto Soldado starting every game so far – although Defoe was able to notch a brace in Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup.

Villas-Boas was hoping to sign Marica – who can also play on the wing – on a deal until the end of the season, but the forward and his agent were able to come to an agreement with Tottenham officials.

Arsenal may yet look to pounce and see if they can tempt the forward to the Emirates, whilst West Ham are also keen to bring in another forward, although the forwards agent Victor Becali reckons Spain and Rayo Vallecano is the most likely destination for his client, after failing to agree terms with Tottenham.

‘Marica’s transfer to Tottenham has unfortunately failed,’ said Becali.

‘They would not match his salary – they would not even match half the salary he had at Schalke.’

It is difficult with Rayo, because few teams in Spain can pay well at the moment,’ he added.

‘But we are very hopeful and Marica is now in Madrid and we will wait and see.’