It has been no secret, this summer, that Tottenham boss Juande Ramos desires to bring Euro 2008’s top scorer, Valencia’s David Villa, to White Hart Lane. Earlier on in the summer, Rafael Benitez declared his interest in bringing the striker to Liverpool, but it now seems that Robbie Keane is the man they want to partnerÂ Fernando Torres as they aim to bring the Premiership to Mersyside next season. Sources close to Spurs beleive that Liverpool may have agreed to let theÂ North London outfitÂ have a clear run at landing the Spaniard if Spurs let the reds talk to Keane.
With Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane making their intentions to move away from the club clear, and Darren Bent being sought after by Everton, we may be looking at a completely new strike-force next season. Taarabt has been playing as a second striker in the pre-season friendlies, but David Villa seems to be the ideal target for Ramos. We all thought the deal was dead, but was Juande Ramos using speculation, such as that of David Bentley, to draw the media’s attention away from the club’s real targets? I also beleive that it may not be a coincidense that Spurs’ training camp is placed just outside of Valencia.
Througout the summer; Spurs have been strongly linked with world-class strikers such as Klas-Jaan Huntelaar, Samuel Eto’o and Andrei Arshavin to name just a few. A reuniun with the striker he brought to Sevilla, Luis Fabiano, is now put of the question since the Brazilian has signed a new contract with Ramos’ old club. The only concrete offer Tottenham have put forward, though, is that for Russian Andrei Arshavin; but both Zenit St. Petersburg and Russia deploy him in the hole behind the lone striker, a role that Robbie Keane tends to fill. So he will not be a replacement for Berbatov. But with Giovani Dos Santos and Adel Taarabt being able to fill that position and Darren Bent and Tomas Pekhart being perfectly capable strikers, if Berbatove and Keane were both to leave, how many strikers do the club actually need to bring in?
David Villa, 27, has told various media outlets that, despite a dissapointing finish last season with Valencia battling relegation, he is happy to stay with the club he has been with since 2005. Although, he hasn’t yet put pen to paper and signed a new deal. Guillem Balague, the man that said Villa’s Spain team-mate, Fernando Torres, would go to Liverpool, told Sky Sports News that Villa’s prefered destination would be Real Madrid, who looked to be leading runners in the chase for him. But their main target, now, is Cristiano Ronaldo, so they are seemingly out of the running. So could Euro 2008’s top scorer be Juande Ramos’ fourth major summer recruit?
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