By Greg Stobart
Villarreal are expected to complete a £4 million deal for Tottenham star Giovani dos Santos in the coming days after the Spanish club fought off competition from Granada, Sevilla and Bolton.
The Spanish club have been locked in talks with Spurs since Monday and are are understood to have reached a broad agreement on a permanent transfer for the Mexican winger, who is desperate to leave White Hart Lane before the transfer window closes next week.
Bolton had been planning a £3.5m bid within the next 24 hours but have been told that Dos Santos is in advanced talks with Villarreal and all parties expect the deal to be completed.
"The negotiations are well on the way and it seems like the player wants to come to Villarreal," the Villarreal vice-president Jose Manuel Llaneza was quoted as saying on Wednesday.
"The deal is not finalised, but we expect a solution by the weekend. Villarreal needs more attacking players."
Dos Santos’ departure would signal the end of a nightmare three-and-a-half years at White Hart Lane for the attacker, who has never settled at the club since joining from Barcelona for an initial £4.7m.
The 22-year-old has been made available for transfer in the last four transfer windows but frustrated Spurs last summer when he turned down a £10m switch to Italian side Udinese in the summer because he wanted to force through a move to Sevilla.
The Andalusian side have retained an interest in Dos Santos but look set to lose out to Villarreal as the Yellow Submarines look to add an attacking spark to their side with striker Nilmar set for a return to his native Brazil.
Dos Santos has made just four Premier League appearances for Tottenham this season - each as a substitute - and has been criticised by manager Harry Redknapp for his lack of application in training.
Spurs have insisted on a permanent deal this month having previously allowed Dos Santos to leave on loan spells to Ipswich, Galatasaray and Racing Santander.
While Tottenham will be relieved to free up wages with Dos Santos’ anticipated departure, the club have no plans to directly replace the Mexico international.
Redknapp is interested in Blackburn winger Junior Hoilett but would need to offload either Steven Pienaar or Niko Kranjcar before making a move for the Canadian star.
Hoilett, 21, is out of contract at the end of the season and Tottenham are confident that they are in pole position to land him on a free transfer in the summer.