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The former Roma director touched down on the east coast on Monday and has begun talks with the Liga club over a move for the striker, who bagged 24 league goals last season

By Greg Stobart

Tottenham have sent technical director Franco Baldini to Spain to negotiate a deal for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, Goal has learned.

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Baldini, who was appointed by the north London club in June, was despatched to open talks with los Che regarding the Spain international.

Valencia president Amadeo Salvo has given a number of interviews on the subject of his star striker in recent weeks, most recently claiming that any prospective buyer must cough up the £25 million buy-out clause.

"There has been contact during which Valencia have communicated [to Spurs] that we want the €30m [£25m]," Salvo said.

"Tottenham's mission is to get the player at the best possible price and Valencia's [mission] is to get those €30m.

"There's not much margin [for negotiation] now. For the deal to be closed, two things have to happen: for the lad to want to go and for the price that Valencia demand to be met. Then the board would study it."

Spurs have turned their attentions to Soldado after baulking at Aston Villa's £25m asking price for Christian Benteke, who has since opted to sign a new contract at Villa Park.

Long-term target Leandro Damiao has recently been the subject of interest from Napoli, while Zenit St Petersburg have also been credited with an interest.

Baldini was Roma's chief negotiator during his time in the Italian capital and has been charged with the task of securing a big-name striker for manager Andre Villas-Boas.

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