The odds on Tottenham beating rivals Arsenal and Liverpool to the signing of David Villa have tumbled after reports from Spain suggested the Londoners are closing in on the Barcelona striker.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has apparently instructed new technical director Franco Baldini to secure the 31-year-old’s signature as he looks to bolster his front line ahead of the new campaign.
Mundo Deportivo, the Barcelona-based newspaper which is closest to the Spanish champions’ board, has indicated that a fee of £8.6 million may already have been agreed between the clubs and that it is now up to Villa to decide whether he wants to move to White Hart Lane.
The former Valencia striker is widely expected to leave Barca this summer as he only has one year left on his contract and has fallen further down the pecking order with the arrival of £49 million wonderkid Neymar from Santos.
Spurs are desperate to bring in a new striker after Jermain Defoe and in particular Emmanuel Adebayor – who scored just five league goals – were largely underwhelming in Villas-Boas’ first season at the helm.
And with Spurs seemingly in the box seat to snap up all-time record Spain goalscorer Villa, who is currently away with La Roja at the Confederations Cup, bwin has slashed the odds on him turning out for them next year from evens to 13/20.
Arsenal are also long-term admirers of Villa, but their priority is wrapping up a £25 million deal for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain and the Gunners are now as long as 4/1 to snap up the Barcelona hitman.
Liverpool, who may be in the market for a striker to replace want-away talisman Luis Suarez, have seen their odds of capturing Villa drift from 9/1 to 12/1, while Manchester City are a 25/1 chance to make a late move.
While the latest reports suggest that Spurs are doing their utmost to secure the signing of Villa, punters who believe he will still be a Barca player on September 4th can back this eventuality at 19/20.