Atletico Madrid are known for their eye for a striker, having stabled Diego Forlan, Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero and Radamel Falcao during prolific spells in their respective careers.
Which is why it may, at first glance, seem bizarre that they should wish to recruit Tottenham’s Roberto Soldado as a replacement for the supposedly Chelsea-bound Diego Costa.
However, it was the La Liga-winners that the Lilywhites beat to the Spaniard’s extravagantly-priced signature in the summer of 2013 and Diego Simeone’s men retain an interest in his services, according to The Independent.
If the reports are borne out, it would be music to the ears of new Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, who is hoping to raise funds for an attacking revamp at White Hart Lane by selling fringe squad players.
Queens Park Rangers’ Loic Remy and the Argentine’s former Southampton pupil Jay Rodriguez are thought to be among the most sought-after targets as the new boss takes aim at 11/4 odds about him steering Spurs into the Champions League places in 2014/15.
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Selling the former Valencia fan is a deal that makes similar amounts of sound financial sense.
The Independent suggests that, far from the £26m reported at the time, Tottenham have as yet paid little more than £13m for Soldado, with the rest owed in so-far unfulfilled performance targets.
As a result, they may even be able to turn a slender profit on a man whose spell in north London has been one to forget for both parties.
However, the devilish negotiating for which Daniel Levy has grown infamous may have to be shelved if the Lilywhites are to cash in here, with their man one of six strikers Los Rojiblancos are eyeing.
Joining Soldado in the sextet are Chelsea’s Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku, Porto’s Jackson Martinez, Carlos Bacca of Sevilla and Manchester City’s Alvaro Negredo.