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Roberto Soldado still a possibility for Spurs, but talks are dragging

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Heavily linked with Spurs this summer, striker Roberto Soldado leaving Mestalla Stadium has been a real possibility for a while.

However, things don’t sound so good from the Tottenham Hotspur camp regarding the negotiations.

With Valencia declaring Wednesday that Spurs will be required to meet the €30 million ($40 million) release clause in the the 28-year-old’s contract, but Spurs manager Andre-Villas Boas admits things have slowed down.

“He’s a player we are interested in having, but I don’t have any further developments to give you” said AVB.

That doesn’t mean all is lost, though.

“There is interest in the player, no matter what has happened in the last couple of days,” said Villas-Boas. “We are in conversations, in discussions, but that doesn’t mean a deal is going to happen for a player that is a quality player. He has done well in Valencia for the last five seasons and had a good education from the Real Madrid school from where he’s from.”

While Spurs will be wanting to grab the striker for less than his release clause, it doesn’t seem like Valencia will be bugging at all.  They’ve said over and over again it’s the release clause, or nothing.

“We listened to him and we said what we have always said” Valencia president Amadeo Salvo declared. “The price is €30m, then the boy himself can decide if he leaves and that the conditions of pay are what they are.”

Soldado’s La Liga goalscoring record speaks for itself.  67 Primera Division appearances (62 starts) have seen 41 goals fly in off the feet of the Spaniard.  He scored a goal for Spain against Uruguay in the Confederations Cup group stage as well.

Spurs are thin at the front and were all of last season, with Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor both injured or on international duty for more than anticipated.

Valencia may be less inclined to sell cheaper now that Pablo Osvaldo turned them down as well, as striker options continue to thin as the transfer window drags on.

EURO 2016: Who’s headed to France?

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCTOBER 10: Volkan Sen of Turkey in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group A Qualifier match between Czech Republic and Turkey at Letna Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
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The group stage of qualification is complete, as 20 teams have clinched a berth at EURO 2016, which kicks off next summer in France.

The top-two finishers in each group automatically qualified, as did the best third-place side out of all the groups (Turkey). France qualified automatically as the host nation.

[ MORE: EURO 2016 roundup ]

That leaves eight third-place teams to battle for the final four spots through a play-off. The draw for the matchups will take place on October 18, and those matches will be held from November 12-17 as a home-and-home play-off.

Group A

  1. Czech Republic
  2. Iceland
  3. Turkey (automatically qualified as best third-place side)

Group B

  1. Belgium
  2. Wales
  3. Bosnia and Herzegovina (qualified for play-off)

Group C

  1. Spain
  2. Slovakia
  3. Ukraine (qualified for play-off)

Group D

  1. Germany
  2. Poland
  3. Republic of Ireland (qualified for play-off)

Group E

  1. England
  2. Switzerland
  3. Slovenia (qualified for play-off)

Group F

  1. Northern Ireland
  2. Romania
  3. Hungary (qualified for play-off)

Group G

  1. Austria
  2. Russia
  3. Sweden (qualified for play-off)

Group H

  1. Italy
  2. Croatia
  3. Norway (qualified for play-off)

Group I

  1. Portugal
  2. Albania
  3. Denmark (qualified for play-off)

EURO 2016: Dutch disaster as Netherlands fail to qualify

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 13:  Robin van Persie of the Netherlands (19) reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group A match between the Netherlands and the Czech Republic at Amsterdam Arena on October 13, 2015 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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The group stage of qualifying for the 2016 European Championship has come to a close, and one of the top teams in the world will not be playing in France next summer.

Netherlands 2-3 Czech Republic

The Netherlands finished second at the 2010 World Cup and third at the 2014 World Cup, but have failed to qualify for EURO 2016. Playing in front of a home crowd in a must-win match against the Czech Republic, the Dutch got off to a dreadful start, falling behind 2-0 as manager Danny Blind was forced to make a substitution within the opening 40 minutes. The Czech Republic was sent to ten men before the break, but an own-goal from Robin Van Persie made it 3-0 as the Dutch couldn’t recover. A disastrous result for the Netherlands, as big changes will surely come from the top down.

[ RELATED: David de Gea fighting for starting goalkeeper position with Spain ]

Italy 2-1 Norway

Italy finishes atop Group H without a loss after defeating Norway 2-1 today. Norway took the lead through Norwich City’s Alexander Tettey, but late goals from Alessandro Florenzi and Southampton’s Graziano Pelle gave the Italians all three points.

Malta 0-1 Croatia

With Norway’s loss, Croatia jumped into second place in Group H and secured qualification to EURO 2016 with a 1-0 win away at Malta. Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic scored the game’s only goal, as Croatia advances despite having one point deducted due to inappropriate actions from their fans.

Elsewhere in EURO qualifying

Group A

Turkey 1-0 Iceland
Latvia 0-1 Kazakhstan

Group B

Belgium 3-1 Israel
Wales 2-0 Andorra
Cyprus 2-3 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Group H

Bulgaria 2-0 Azerbaijan