In a fraught battle with their North London rivals, it appears that Tottenham are the winners for the coveted signature of David Villa, the Barcelona striker, in a deal reported to be worth around £15m. Sources in Spain have suggested for some time now that the Spanish striker would be allowed to leave after a frustrating time at the Catalan club; Villa never fully recovered from a horrific broken leg which almost finished his career.

The move will be seen as a statement of intent from Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, ion the battle to be the `top dog` in North London, with their fiercest rivals, Arsenal, once again pipping them to the coveted fourth place in the Premier League table, thus ensuring a place in the Champions League play offs in July. The signing will almost certainly spell the end for Emanuel Adebayor, who has had a hit and miss period at the club. It will also mean that Jerome Defoe will also fall down the pecking order.

The spending may not end there, as manager Villas-Boas has indicated that he wants two strikers, with a preference for the Valencia hitman, Roberto Soldado. Valencia are open to offers as they, like most of the other La Liga clubs, try to balance the books ready for next season.

Spurs are still hurting from the last day of the season results which saw them miss out on the Champions League for the second season running.