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Tottenham up the stakes in chase for Spaniard

Valencia's Roberto SoldadoTottenham have offered Valencia £20million for striker Roberto Soldado, The Daily Star reports.

The Spanish club insist they will not talk about a transfer until his £30million buyout clause is met though.

Amadeo Salvo, Valencia’s president said: “The English team knows the situation. Valencia needs money. But we don’t have to sell our best player.”

They have already rejected a £17million bid and offered him an increase in wages, however it is believed joining Tottenham would see a much more significant increase for Soldado.

And Spurs remain hopeful a deal can be done as Valencia are having to search for a sponsor to fund the 28-year-old’s increased wages.

Soldado is due to meet with club officials on Monday to discuss his future.

Tottenham are still firmly in the market for at least one and possibly two strikers, having already signed Paulinho for £17million from Corinthians.

Christian Benteke is strongly rumoured to be on the White Hart Lane radar, while a move for Leandro Damiao appears to be unlikely.

Daniel Levy tried to sign the Internacional player in January, but couldn’t agree a fee before the transfer window closed.

And now, Internacional president Luis Cesar Souto de Moura claims it would be a bad idea to offload their star player.

“It’s silly to sell. We’re confident and we understand that he can wait another year, play the World Cup, increase his value and then be transferred,” he said.

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