Roberto Soldado

The 2012/13 campaign was another season of disappointment for Tottenham fans again as the Lilywhites missed out on Champions League football in their final Premier League game back in May.

The Londoners could only manage fifth place in the league standings and will once more be contesting the lesser Europa League when the beautiful game gets back underway come August.

Perhaps little wonder than that manager Andre Villas-Boas is looking at bringing in some extra firepower this summer, especially when you consider Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe are touching 30.

The Portuguese’s squad was left looking somewhat threadbare at times last season when it came to strikers, particularly when Defoe was injured back in February while Adebayor was contesting the Africa Cup of Nations.

Ultimately, it was up to Gareth Bale to rescue his side in the goalscoring department as the club’s leading scorer last season enjoyed yet another splendid season.

But Tottenham cannot rely on the Welsh Wizard forever and clearly at least one more striker is in need of being brought in to ease the burden placed on the shoulders of the double PFA Player of the Year Award winner.

That’s why Villas-Boas is looking at Valencia’s Roberto Soldado – though the Spaniard’s are playing hardball and are demanding Spurs meet their €30 million valuation of the forward.

Were Spurs to make such an offer, it would shatter their club-transfer record, and here, we profile 5 Cheaper Alternatives.

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This article was first posted on July 25, 2013