Tottenham look set to lose Giovani dos Santos this month, according to Villarreal, with the 22-year-old currently in advanced negotiations with the Spanish side.
Harry Redknapp has insisted that Spurs are hoping to hold onto each member of their squad this month, but with some players receiving limited playing time this season thanks to the superb form of the likes of Scott Parker and Emmanuel Adebayor, others such as Dos Santos have struggled for playing time.
And though Tottenham had issued Dos Santos a challenge to shape up and compete for his place in the team, Villereal have now confirmed that he could be making a move by the weekend.
"The negotiations are well on the way and it seems like the player wants to come to Villarreal," said the club's vice president Jose Manuel Llaneza, as reported by Sky Sports.
"The deal is not finalised, but we expect a solution by the weekend. Villarreal needs more attacking players."
It appears Dos Santos is not the only player eyeing a Tottenham exit this month. Roman Pavlyuchenko has also made his intentions to leave White Hart Lane clear, and though Spurs exercised an option to extend his contract last week, the striker is still being eyed up for a move to Russian outfit Lokomotiv Moscow, according to the Daily Mail.
Tottenham are reportedly hoping to get more than £10 million for Pavlyuchenko, but Lokomotiv have only bid £6.5 million so far, the aforementioned source claims. While the 30 year old is currently struggling for game time in north London, Redknapp has continually said that he hopes the striker, with strength in depth of the upmost importance to the manager.
"I'd like to keep him," Redknapp said in December. "People say Pav is going and we're looking for a striker but it is difficult to find anyone better."
Pavlyuchenko has scored four times in 17 appearances for Tottenham this season, though his time on the pitch looks likely to be more limited this year after Spurs were knocked out of the Europa League group stages.