Tottenham have agreed to pay the release clause of Roberto Soldado and will complete a €30 million deal for the Valencia striker this week.

Spurs' sporting director Franco Baldini was in Valencia last week to discuss a move for the 28-year-old forward but the Londoners saw a bid of €26m plus add-ons turned down by the Liga outfit.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy had hoped to sign the striker for less than his €30m clause but Spurs moved quickly as late interest from Liverpool emerged and Baldini agreed a deal via telephone with Valencia president Amadeo Salvo on Saturday.

New Che coach Miroslav Djukic had been keen to keep Soldado but was resigned to losing the striker last night. "If his exit to Tottenham is confirmed we will wish him all the luck in the world" the Serb said after his side lost 2-1 to AC Milan in the opening game of the ICC Cup.

Soldado did not take part in that match after returning from an extended holiday on Saturday morning having participated in the Confederations Cup with Spain last month. The former Real Madrid striker arrived at training at the same time as his coach in the morning and later watched the game alongside team-mate and friend Victor Ruiz in the VIP area at Mestalla.

"I spoke with Roberto this morning. He is a great professional and he will be a huge loss if he leaves" Djukic added on Saturday.

Personal terms between Spurs and Soldado have been agreed with the striker (who rejected a move to White Hart Lane last summer) now keen to move to a more ambitious side.