Tottenham are considering an approach for Barcelona striker David Villa. The Mirror believes the 31-year-old Spanish international will be released by the Catalans, if their valuation is met.
Villa, who has nine goals and four assists from 14 La Liga starts (24 appearances), remains a top-class goal scorer, despite not playing regularly this season. The former Valencia forward broke his leg in December two years ago and has struggled to regain his top form since.
Villa's future was the subject of intense speculation in January, after he was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal. Arsene Wenger was reportedly eager to sign the Spaniard to replace Robin van Persie and add depth to a strike force consisting of France's Olivier Giroud and Germany's Lukas Podolski.
However, the Catalans refused to sell Villa mid-season and the Gunners' interest has cooled since then, with Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic believed to be their new target. Villa has also attracted attention from Liverpool, with Brendan Rodgers looking to sign an experienced and proven goal-scorer to provide leadership for his younger players.
Andre Villas-Boas' interest in Villa likely stems from a similar source as Rodgers'. The former Chelsea boss has admitted there is little chance of the north London side qualifying for the Champions League next season and is now believed to be set on strengthening his squad for the new season. And AVB is believed to have the backing of his chairman, Daniel Levy, who will provide funds for new signings.
Tottenham, the Mirror's report adds, will offer £8m, which is far below Barcelona's £13m valuation. Villa has one year left on his contract.
AVB Reveals Secret Behind Bale's Form
Meanwhile, AVB believes the talk he had with Gareth Bale is the reason behind the Welsh international's phenomenal season so far. The 23-year-old winger has scored 20 goals in 32 Premier League appearances.
"We had a good conversation. Hopefully it turned out well for both of us. From that moment onwards his drive, his passion and his ambition towards the height of elite football has been immense and it shows through the great season he has had," AVB explained.