Tottenham Hotspur 'set to beat' Arsenal to the signature of Barcelona's David Villa
Reports claim Spurs have begun to show interest in the Spain international
Friday 10 May 2013
Tottenham are said to be looking at Barcelona striker David Villa as they look to improve their striking options.
The 31-year-old, also reportedly a target of fierce rivals Arsenal, looks set to be available this summer as his Catalan employers look to overhaul their squad.
Villa is said to be keen to gain more playing time ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and so a move to the capital could be perfect although Spurs still disagree on his £12m valuation, with £7m thought to be their preferred price.
Arsenal as well as Tottenham made enquiries about acquiring the services of the Spanish international in January but Barcelona were reluctant to sell at that time.
Spurs are also reportedly interested in signing Sevilla centre-back Alberto Botia, who is said to be a target of both Wigan and Swansea, due to concerns about Steven Caulker's future and with the departure of William Gallas expected.
Latest in Sport
Revealed: The most unwatchable Premier League teams of the 2014/15 season
Paul Scholes column: With Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Premier League 2015/16 kits: Confirmed and rumoured strips from Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and others
Michel Platini to consider pulling England and other Uefa members out of the World Cup if Sepp Blatter wins Fifa election
Arsenal vs Aston Villa: Per Mertesacker credits yoga for helping him get back to best
- 1 10 ways we damage our teeth – without realising
- 4 Photo of wedding guest proposing to girlfriend in front of bride and groom goes viral
- 5 Charlie Charlie Challenge explained: it's just gravity — not a Mexican demon being summoned
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'