Tottenham to sign Roberto Soldado
Tottenham FC said Thursday that it will sign Roberto Soldado of Valencia, according to the Associated Press.
Tottenham said it has reached a buyout clause of approximately $40 million with Valencia, and Soldado will transfer to the Spurs following a medical exam.
News of the the 28-year-old striker's arrival to White Hart Lane comes shortly after he helped Spain finish as the runner-up in the Confederations Cup. Soldado, who will now put pressure on Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermaine Defoe up front, finished the tournament with six goals in 11 games. Overall, he had 80 goals in 146 appearances with Valencia.
The transfer fee of $40 million breaks Tottenham's record for the second time this offseason. The team signed Paulinho from Corinthian for approximately $26 million in early July.
Depending on Tottenham's actions regarding the possible transfer of Welsh sensation Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, the purchase of Soldado could serve as a way to either offset the loss of Bale's services or perhaps entice him to stay with an improved supporting cast. SI Wire: Precourt Sports Ventures acquires Columbus Crew from Hunt family