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Turkish champions could bid £9m for Tottenham flop

Will it be "iyi yolculuklar" for Roberto Soldado as Galatasaray readies a bid?

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Last week we reported on a rumor that Galatasaray might be interested in Tottenham Hotspur's faltering striker Roberto Soldado, and it appears those rumors haven't gone away. Today there are reports in the English media – OK, the Mirror – that the champions of Turkey are willing to make a £9m bid for secure the Spaniard's services and bring him to Istanbul (not Constantinople).

Perhaps lending more credence to these rumors are recent reports that Soldado may not have cost Tottenham the full £26m that was reported when he was signed from Valencia in 2013. Instead, it appears that Soldado may have only cost Tottenham a £13m outlay, with the remaining £13m in various performance-based incentives and targets. Nobody knows at this point exactly how much Tottenham actually paid for Soldado, which makes evaluating any potential transfer offer difficult. What's pretty clear is that Spurs are willing to lose money to offload Soldado at this point. The Mirror suggests that Spurs want £11m for Soldado, but that Galatasaray are pushing for a better offer.

Soldado is one of ten players that are rumored to be available for sale in the offseason, and it would shock nobody if Spurs decide to cut bait on him now while he still has a year left on his contract. Galatasaray will play in the Champions League next season and Soldado would likely be in contention for minutes at striker in Istanbul.