Spurs ahead of Real Madrid for Valencia's Villa

Tottenham remain the boxseat in the battle for Valencia striker David Villa.

The Telegraph says Villa prefers to stay in Spain but Valencia would prefer not to sell to a rival. With Robbie Keane having joined Liverpool and Dimitar Berbatov still Manchester United's top transfer priority, Spurs are in the market for a top-class striker and Villa's agent has invited them to make a bid for his client, even if just to force Real Madrid's hand.

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