The Reds lead the race for Soldado’s signature.
There are more woes for Tottenham Hotspur in their bid to sign a new striker as Liverpool jump to the front of the queue for Valencia hit-man Roberto Soldado, according to A Bola.
Having already missed out on David Villa to Atletico Madrid and with Christian Benteke deciding to sign a new deal at Aston Villa, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas saw Soldado as the ideal candidate to solve the club’s problems up-front.
Yet it seems there could be more disappointment for Tottenham as the Reds are willing to trump the north London side and pay £22m for the Los Che ace.
The 28-year-old was in fine form for Valencia again last term scoring 24 La Liga goals in 35 matches – meaning the forward has now scored 88 league goals in the past five seasons.
It’s believed that the Spaniard has a release clause written into his contract of around £35m, although it is unlikely that either Liverpool or Spurs would be prepared to pay that.
Yet the Merseyside outfit will probably sanction a bigger outlay for Soldado, with Tottenham never spending more than £17m on a new player, whilst the Reds are more comfortable spending that kind of money.
It would be a huge blow for AVB and the 35-year-old’s side though, with the prospect of another season with just Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor leading the line almost unthinkable for the manager and the fans alike.
The Portuguese boss is willing to part with both strikers and bring in a completely new attacking force, but with targets constantly becoming unavailable for Spurs this may not be so easy.