ROBERTO SOLDADO would love nothing more than to forge a strike partnership with Gareth Bale at Tottenham next season, as he travelled to London to complete his move from Valencia.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has been keen to bring in some attacking reinforcements and has long been an admirer of 28-year-old Soldado, a prolific goalscorer in the Primera Division.
The deal, though, is likely to have cost the north London club around £26million – the buy-out clause which last week Valencia president Amadeo Salvo warned would have to be met to prise the striker away.
If so, it would see Tottenham break the club transfer record set when they signed Paulinho for £17m from Corinthians earlier in the summer.
However, were Bale to be sold to Real Madrid – who are ready to pay a world-record £85m for the Wales international – then that outlay on new players would be offset entirely, opening up the possibility of a move for Roma's Argentina forward Erik Lamela.
Soldado, though, would relish the chance to link up with Bale.
Speaking to reporters at Valencia airport before boarding a flight to London to undergo his medical, the 28-year-old was quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper AS: "Bale is a great footballer and you can see the effort Tottenham are making to prevent him from leaving. Of course I want him to stay."
Soldado, however, also left with a parting shot at Los Che, adding: "I am leaving Valencia because I don't trust or believe in this project."