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.

Related Stories

After 25 years a memorial is held for those that died at the ground. On 15 April 1989 one of...

Arsenal, Chelsea and Pepe Reina among those paying tribute to the 96 who lost their lives at Hillsborough

Is Klopp Premier League bound? Read more Tottenham Hotspur news. Spurs will make a summer approach for Borussia Dortmund boss...

Tottenham make ambitious move for world-renowned German manager

New Nike ad pits world famous faces alongside each other. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is one of the faces in...

(Video) Arsenal star Jack Wilshere stars alongside Neymar in new Nike commercial

This will likely infuriate Spurs fans further… Read more Tottenham Hotspur news. Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen had a storming game...

Oh dear, Sherwood: Tottenham boss compares Eriksen to Arsenal legend

Danish playmaker claims he is happy at Spurs, but hints at future elsewhere… Read more Tottenham Hotspur news. Tottenham’s young...

Tottenham’s Eriksen reveals he has ‘secret plan’, possibly hinting at eventual exit

Hull City ace would love to get one over his former rivals… Read more Tottenham Hotspur news. Hull City midfielder...

Ex-Tottenham player Huddlestone trolls Arsenal ahead of FA Cup final

Dane could be next star to leave White Hart Lane. Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has hinted that the club may...

‘I have a secret plan for the future,’ admits Spurs star Christian Eriksen

Spurs boss-in-waiting wants to bring Ajax defender to the Lane. Louis van Gaal hasn’t even got the Tottenham job yet...

Louis van Gaal wants to sign Chelsea target for Tottenham

Ex-Spurs forward nets stunner in Sounders’ win over FC Dallas. SEE ALSO: The Top Ten Possible Replacements for Tim Sherwood...

(Video) Former Tottenham star Clint Dempsey scores amazing free kick for Seattle Sounders

Watch highlights of West Brom vs Spurs at the Hawthorns. Watch highlights of West Brom v Tottenham here. At the...

West Bromwich Albion 3-3 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League match report, goals and highlights