The 28-year-old Valencia star is under contract until 2017 and has a release clause of £26m.

But Spurs are confident they can get him for less as the Spanish club have financial problems.

Soldado was an unused substitute in Spain’s 3-0 Confederations Cup Final defeat to Brazil in Rio on Sunday night.

But he is hotly tipped to put pressure on Fernando Torres and David Villa for a starting spot at next summer’s World Cup.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas wants to buy two strikers this summer and has offered Barcelona £10m for 31-year-old veteran Villa.

But Spurs also have other irons in the fire, with Brazil hitman Leandro Damiao of Internacional on their radar as a fall-back option.