Tottenham boss telephoned David Villa to convince Barcelona star to join Spurs

AVB has spoken to Barca striker about White Hart Lane switch. Andre Villas-Boas has telephoned Barcelona’s David Villa in an...

AVB has spoken to Barca striker about White Hart Lane switch.

Andre Villas-Boas has telephoned Barcelona’s David Villa in an attempt to persuade the striker to join Tottenham this summer, reports the Times.

Villa is currently on international duty with Spain at the Confederations Cup in Brazil but Villas-Boas is said to have spoken to the forward this week.

The Portuguese reportedly believes Villa can be persuaded to reject the advances of Fiorentina to move to the Premier League this summer, and thinks the forward is attracted to the prospect of living in London and playing for Spurs.

The Viola remain in the hunt for the 31-year-old but, like Spurs, missed out on a place in the Champions League on the final day of last season.

Villas-Boas is considering switching to a 4-3-3 formation next season and believes Villa can occupy either wide role or the position of central striker.

The Spaniard, who is his country’s record goalscorer, joined Barca for £33m in 2009 but the World Cup winner is now considered surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp.

The former Valencia man scored 10 La Liga goals in just 17 starts last season but the arrival of Neymar has seen him forced further down the pecking order in Catalonia.

Barcelona are thought to be demanding £12m for Villa but Spurs are hopeful of landing the striker for closer to £8m.

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