Football: Tottenham manager Villas-Boas confirms interest in Valencia striker Soldado

Tottenham Hotspur's manager Andre Villas-Boas (right) speaks as captain Michael Dawson (left) looks on during a pre-match press conference for the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Villas-Boas said on Tuesday that Spur
Tottenham Hotspur's manager Andre Villas-Boas (right) speaks as captain Michael Dawson (left) looks on during a pre-match press conference for the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Villas-Boas said on Tuesday that Spurs are in talks to sign Valencia and Spain striker Roberto Soldado, but denied that a deal was imminent. -- PHOTO: AP

HONG KONG (AFP) - Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas said Tuesday Spurs are in talks to sign Valencia and Spain striker Roberto Soldado, but denied that a deal was imminent.

Press reports in Britain have suggested that the Londoners are close to snapping up the forward for a club record 18 million pounds (S$35 million).

Speaking in Hong Kong, where Spurs face Sunderland on Wednesday in the Barclays Asia Trophy, Villas-Boas said: "At the moment, he's just one of the players we are interested in.

"It's not a lie to anybody that we've been looking for a striker to strengthen our squad and to have more strength in depth. Roberto is one of the players we have been following and his career speaks for itself. He's a great striker.

"But there isn't a deal being struck at the moment, it's just interest and conversations."

If Soldado, 28, does join it could spell the end at Spurs for one or both of the club's current forwards Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor.

Villas-Boas refused to confirm or deny whether Spurs had received a bid for Gareth Bale, the winger who has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Real Madrid.

"He's a player that we are willing to continue to have and he is one of the most fantastic players in the world at the moment," Villas-Boas said.