Spurs going for… erm. I don’t know.
There’s lots of talk surrounding Spurs’ potential striking options at the moment. The leading line of thought on Monday, peddled by The Times, was that AVB was doing a whole lot of sweet-talking to David Villa as he looks to reshape his team into a 4-3-3 playing band of merry men. Villa is supposedly seen as a key component in that he can operate through the middle or wide when one of Gareth Bale or Aaron Lennon is absent. The broadsheet reports that both Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor will be ushered out of the door in the shake up.
I’m not entirely sure on this. I don’t doubt AVB is interested in David Villa but selling two men with proven track records in the PL (despite their patchy seasons last term) and replacing them with a man who has never played in England, will be 32 by the end of the 2013 and just endured his poorest full season for over a decade? Sounds far too fast and loose for me. Villa would only cost £8 million but Spurs generally look to buy players with a sell on value, which would be negligible in any case here.
Slightly more plausible, on the face of it, is the story The Star ran with on Tuesday, that Spurs have wanged £17million Valencia’s way for Roberto Soldado. At 28, the Spaniard a slightly younger prospect and has spent the last few years rattling in goals at better than one every other game for Los Che. A €30 million release clause seems to be a current stumbling block for the bargain hunting Daniel Levy. Expect any negotiations on this one to drag, quite possibly to deadline day.
Garay to United?
Hmmm, not overly convincing stuff from the Daily Mirror, who, waaay back on Monday were busy reckoning that David Moyes’ first move as United boss will be to throw an amount of money (they don’t specify) at Benfica’s Argentine international, Ezequiel Garay. But what about the 5 international centre backs United already have, only one of which looks even remotely like leaving/retiring in the next two years?
Add to that logic bomb, the conspicuous lack of details, quotes or sources and this looks very fishy to me. A no-goer.