Franco Baldini has been asked to secure signature of Spain star.
Franco Baldini’s first task as Tottenham director of football will be to secure the signing of Barcelona striker David Villa, according to Catalan source MundoDeportivo.
The Italian’s arrival at White Hart Lane has coincided with a sharp increase in Spurs’ transfer activity, with Brazil international Paulinho on the verge of completing a £17m switch to north London.
But Baldini has been told to secure the signing of Spain international Villa, with Barca reportedly willing to accept €10m (£8.4m) for the player because they want to get him off the wage bill.
Spurs are thought to already have an advanced agreement in place with the Spaniard but Baldini will be asked to iron out the finer points of the deal, which could include either Spurs or Barca forking out a lump sum to pay-off a clause inserted in Villa’s contract at the Nou Camp.
Fiorentina are also interested in the former Valencia striker, who is Spain’s all-time leading goalscorer, but the forward reportedly favours a move to the Premier League and the Viola’s failure to secure Champions League football plays into Spurs’ hands.
Spurs are in desperate need of a new striker this summer after disappointing seasons for both Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe last term.
Adebayor managed just five league goals all season, while Defoe scored just once after Boxing Day, as the north London outfit relied heavily on superstar Gareth Bale for firepower at the tail end of the campaign.