Spanish striker Roberto Soldado is edging closer to ending his nightmare spell in English football with Tottenham as he has been pictured in his home country ahead of a potential transfer to Liga BBVA outfit Villarreal.
The 30-year-old has been tipped to depart White Hart Lane this summer after failing to establish himself in the team under three different managers in North London since his arrival for a club record £26million fee in 2013 and has since fallen down the pecking order behind Harry Kane.
Before his exit was all but confirmed by current Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino on Thursday afternoon [via Express Sport], Soldado’s soon-to-be ex-teammate Erik Lamela accidentally posted a message on social media wishing the striker well at his new club.
Now it appears the transfer is at an advanced stage as Spanish publication Marca revealed an image of the former Valencia hitman at Villarreal’s offices and he is set to fill the void that Luciano Vietto has left at El Madrigal.
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Despite arriving in England with an impressive goalscoring record, Soldado will almost certainly go down in history as a Premier League flop after netting just seven goals in two full seasons.