Tottenham launch £10m swoop for Barcelona striker David Villa

Tottenham have opened talks over a £10million swoop for Barcelona striker David Villa and have renewed their interest in long-term target Leandro Damiao.

Sportsmail revealed Andre Villas-Boas’ interest in the striker earlier this month and the Spanish champions have now been made aware of Spurs’ intention to land Villa ahead of next season.

Barca are willing to sell the Spain star this summer, who has found first-team football difficult to come by this season, but want a fee of around £12m.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will not match that asking price but hopes he can negotiate a lower price.

Arsenal also have a long-term interest in Villa, but a striker is understood to be less of a priority for Arsene Wenger.

Villas-Boas, who will listen to offers for Emmanuel Adebayor, wants to bolster his options up front this summer.

And talks between Spurs and Internacional over an £18m move for Damiao have reopened.