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The Spain striker could well be on his way to White Hart Lane if the Portuguese coach gets his way

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has responded to reports linking Barcelona striker David Villa with a move to White Hart Lane by describing the forward as "one of the world's best strikers".

Goal revealed on Thursday that Spurs have launched an ambitious £10 million move to sign Barcelona striker David Villa in the summer - though the switch could hinge on Champions League qualification.

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Villas-Boas was full of praise for the 31-year-old when asked about the possibility of signing Villa in the summer, and also suggested Tottenham are always busy in the latter stages of transfer windows.

The Portuguese manager told reporters: "He's one of the world's best strikers.

"What comes out with the speculation at this time at Tottenham is very surreal.

"You know this club is very active in the last weeks of the transfer window, so you can see that speculation is growing here and there, but at the moment we are focused on trying to get the fourth spot."

Villas-Boas was also full of praise for Southampton's 17-year-old left-back Luke Shaw when asked for his thoughts on signing the player.

"Any player who makes a breakthrough at the age that he has is absolutely unbelievable, but it doesn't mean there is direct interest from Tottenham in the player," he continued.

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