Villas-Boas hails Soldado & Bale, talks targets
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Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed Tottenham Hotspur are in talks to sign Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, but denied that a deal was imminent. Press reports in Britain have suggested Spurs are close to snapping up the Spain international for a club record £18m.

Speaking in Hong Kong, where Tottenham face Sunderland on Wednesday in the 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."

He's one of the most fantastic players in the world at the moment.
Andre Villas-Boas on Gareth Bale

If the 28-year-old does join, it could spell the end at Tottenham 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," said the Portuguese.

Bale will not feature against Sunderland after picking up a knock in training, the manager said, but will play some part on Saturday, when Tottenham face Manchester City or local side South China.

Spurs eye Champions League football
Villas-Boas said that Premier League teams needed to be "more aggressive" in the transfer market and declared himself pleased that Spurs, who narrowly missed out on UEFA Champions League football last season, were doing that.

"Man City and Chelsea have certainly done that and we are [also] doing it in a different way right now, which is extremely important bearing in mind the preparations for the season," he said. "Chelsea and Man City are becoming extremely competitive. Man United are becoming extremely competitive.

"Teams that compete for the title usually are Man City and Man United and Chelsea. You can add Arsenal too.

"To aim high and have high ambitions is normal. To have over-ambitions is something in the end that will leave you extremely frustrated. We want to fight to be better than last year and achieve Champions League qualification."