Tottenham Hotspur: Club complete Soldado deal

Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado

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Tottenham spelt out their intentions for the forthcoming season by splashing out a club-record £26million to sign striker Roberto Soldado from Valencia.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has been keen to bring in a striker capable of getting the goals to fire the club into the Champions League and believes he has finally landed his man in the form of Soldado.

The 28-year-old bagged an impressive 30 goals in 46 appearances for Valencia last season and Villas-Boas will be hoping he can transfer that form into the Premier League.

The Spanish international becomes Tottenham’s third signing of the summer after passing a medical and penning a four-year deal.

A Spurs statement said: “We are delighted to confirm the signing of Roberto Soldado from Valencia after he successfully completed his medical.”

The transfer fee for Soldado smashes the £17million Villas-Boas paid to Brazilian side Corinthians for Paulinho earlier in the summer and takes his spending for the close-season so far to the £50million mark.

Winger Nacer Chadli has also arrived from FC Twente for £7million and Villas-Boas will feel he has a squad capable of pushing for silverware this season.

Another striker may be needed as doubts surround the futures of the only other recognised strikers at the club, Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe, while Clint Dempsey has already left for the MLS.

Soldado is expected to make his first appearance in Tottenham colours during the final pre-season friendly, which is against Espanyol at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

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