Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly weighing up a record-breaking £20m move for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado this summer.
The Spaniard notched 24 goals and four assists from 35 La Liga appearances last season, to help Los Che finish fifth in the table. The 28-year-old's performances have impressed national team coach Vicente del Bosque, who rewarded the forward with a place in La Roja's Confederations Cup squad, at the expense of Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is in the market for a talismanic forward and club chairman Daniel Levy has now sanctioned a £20m bid for Soldado, according to the Daily Mail. If the move goes through, the Valencia star will become the club's most expensive signing, breaking their record deals for Darren Bent and Luka Modric (both £16.5m).
Soldado has remained a long-time target for Tottenham. The north London outfit had tabled a big-money offer, understood to be around €30m, for the striker last summer but the player decided to stay in Spain and turned down the approach.
"I knew about the interest from Tottenham. My agents told me about it. The offer was presented, but turned down," Soldado had said last summer.
The Valenica hitman is currently one of the most sought after strikers in Europe and his capture would represent a major statement of intent by Spurs, as Levy attempts to persuade Gareth Bale to stay at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham have also been linked to Brazil and Internacional star Leandro Damiao, Aston Villa's Christain Benteke, Barcelona's David Villa and Benfica's Rodrigo.
Meanwhile, Spurs defender Kyle Walker has revealed frustration gets the better off him, if he is having a bad game.
The 23-year-old suffered consistency issues last season and has come under criticism from pundits and fans on a few occasions.
"If I've had a bad game, I'm straight home and it gets to me. I shouldn't let that happen but I'm passionate and want to win things. I want to play to the best of my ability and anything below means that I'm not happy," Walker stressed.
"I set myself high standards last season and I'm pleased I did, but once you set those standards, if you then fall below them people start to get on your back a little. But I'm the first to have a word with myself and say I 'could do better'," he added.