The former Valencia striker’s future at White Hart Lane has come under intense scrutiny after scoring just 16 goals in 79 appearances since his £26million transfer in 2013.
With Spurs hot on the heels of Ligue 1 star Clinton N’Jie, 30-year-old Soldado has reportedly moved closer to the exit door at the club, and, when spotted at Gatwick Airport on Thursday morning, confirmed to fans he was headed to Villarreal to complete a move.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said last week that the Spain international “is in our plans” heading into the new season, but it appears as though the Argentinean is eager to continue to oversee his firesale at the club which has seen eight players leave for around £34million.
Team-mate Erik Lamela, who signed the same summer for a club-record £30million, seemingly confirmed Soldado’s exit via his Twitter account, saying: ‘I enjoyed these two years that we share, I wish you well in your new club !! Good luck my friend !! @r9soldado,’ before hastily deleting the message.