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Turkish champions will pay high wages for this misfiring Spurs striker

Could Roberto Soldado join Wesley Sneijder and Galatasaray next season? Could happen, I guess.

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It's official: Emmanuel Adebayor isn't the only Spurs striker linked with a move to Turkey. Turkish media source Haberturk reports that Super Lig champions Galatasaray are looking at purchasing Roberto Soldado in this summer's transfer window.

Haberturk is suggesting that Galatasaray would be wiling to pay his reported wages of €3m/year (£41.5k/week) to bring him to the Turk Telecom Arena; at that price he would be the club's second highest wage earner behind Wesley Sneijder at €4m/year (£55k/week). Moreover, the article suggests that Tottenham is asking for a €12m (£8.6m) transfer fee, less than 1/3 of the £26m Spurs paid for him just two seasons ago, but that Galatasaray officials are negotiating for either a reduced fee or a loan-to-buy deal.

Soldado is, unfortunately, a lost cause at this point for Tottenham. Fans love him for his attitude, but not for his goal production, and he's proven to be one of, if not the, worst signings in Tottenham's history. At Galatasaray, he would be paired with Burak Yilmaz, whom Spurs were linked to at times last summer, and would be joining a club that will participate in the Champions League. So it's not all bad for him if it happens.

I have no way to really verify the accuracy or reliability of this source, so take this rumor with an entire salt mine for now. However, overseas is the most likely destination for Soldado if he does go, as lower-table English sides are more likely to balk at his wages in conjunction with his poor Premier League output. Turkey would be a decent place to get a fresh start at the tail end of Bobby's career.