David Villa close to Tottenham switch
Tottenham are close to completing a deal for Barcelona striker David Villa, according to reports in Spain.
The former Valencia man is eager for a fresh start and would welcome a move to the Premier League. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is ready to adjust the club’s strict wage budget this summer to convince Gareth Bale to sign a new contract and to attract star names to White Hart Lane.
Villa has become disillusioned with the lack of first-team action he is getting with the La Liga champions as he plays second fiddle to Lionel Messi. And Tottenham are desperate for more attacking prowess, with Gareth Bale shouldering much of the burden.
He has told Spurs he would be very keen to move to the north London should they match his wage demands, with Spurs prepared to offer £110,000-a-week to land the Spain international.
Tottenham tried to rival Arsenal for Villa’s signature in the January transfer window but Barcelona refused to sell Spain’s all-time top scorer midway through the season.
Villa has scored 15 goals in all competitions this season but has struggled for form and fitness since suffering a broken leg in December 2011.
In my opinion, Villa would be a quality signing for Spurs, he still has the quality to score 20+ goals-a-season and the club are in desperate need of a striker ahead of the 2013/14 campaign.
My only concern is, I can’t see him joining if Tottenham miss out on Europe this season. Champions League qualification is going to be tough this year considering the club’s current league position, therefore a move becomes more unlikely.
Despite this, AVB should do all he can to bring the Spaniard to White Hart Lane this summer. Signing Villa would be a huge sign of intent on Tottenham’s behalf, to go on and secure at least a top four finish next season.
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