Liga - AVB admits Soldado interest as reports of a deal grow

Andre Villas-Boas says Tottenham are keen on Valencia's Roberto Soldado - but stopped short of saying the club had moved for the striker.

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Roberto Soldado scored 24 La Liga goals for Valencia last season

"Roberto is one of the players we are looking at," admitted AVB in a press conference in China, "but there is no deal struck at the moment."

Valencia coach Miroslav Djukic remains optimistic the club can retain the services of star striker Soldado, but admits there are no guarantees.

Marca report that Spurs' sporting director Franco Baldini is in Valencia to negotiate for the Spain international, who scored 24 league goals for Valencia last season.

The Guardian add that Spurs are getting closer to meeting Soldado's reported 30million euros (£26million) buy-out clause, but Djukic is sceptical that the valuation will be matched.

"I don't think so," said Djukic when pressed on whether Soldado would be sold. "I think he will continue with us, but nobody can guarantee anything.

"In football as in life, you need to be ready for everything.

"We all want him to stay and we think that he's going to remain but someone could always come in and pay the buy-out clause. That's the danger. For now he's our player and we count on him."

He added: "From the start we've said that Soldado isn't for sale and that the only way he could go is that someone comes in, pays the clause and the player accepts to go."

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