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Tottenham Transfer News: Spurs Agree to Deal for Roberto Soldado

VALENCIA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 02:  Jonas (R) of Valencia celebrates scoring with his teammate Roberto Soldado during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Valencia CF and LOSC Lille Metropole at Estadi de Mestalla on October 2, 2012 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IAugust 1, 2013

Tottenham Hotspur have agreed to a deal with Spanish club Valencia to acquire striker Roberto Soldado, the club announced

"We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Valencia for the transfer of Roberto Soldado subject to medical," it reads on the club's official website.

 

UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 5, at 8:35 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

From Tottenham:

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A veteran forward from Valencia, Soldado has starred for his hometown club in the Mestalla since 2010, scoring 59 goals in 101 league matches over the past three seasons. Prior to that, the Spaniard impressed at Getafe, netting 29 league goals in two seasons with the club.

In 2012-13, only four players in La Liga, including Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Radamel Falcao scored more goals than Soldado, who poured in 24 in 35 league matches. 

Soldado has six goals in 11 career appearances for Spain's senior national team since 2007.

The signing of Soldado, who has played his entire professional career in Spain, is excellent news for Spurs fans considering Tottenham struggled mightily to keep up with the Premier League's top clubs offensively a season ago. The London outfit scored just 66 total goals in 38 league matches. Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool each scored at least 71.

Superstar midfielder Gareth Bale, who has been linked to Real Madrid this offseason, was responsible for a third of the club's Premier League goals. Meanwhile, Jermain Defoe added 11 and Clint Dempsey chipped in seven goals in league play.

The 28-year-old Soldado should be able to step in right away and become the squad's top option up front. 

In addition to boosting Tottenham's attack, Soldado's move to White Hart Lane opens the door for a potential Fernando Torres-to-Valencia deal. According to ESPN FC, Valencia have been linked with the Spanish striker and could look to him as a replacement for Soldado at the top of the lineup.

 

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