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Spurs miss out in hunt for La Liga striker

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Tottenham Hotspur have failed in their bid to sign Spanish striker Adrian Lopez according to British press reports.

The Express claim Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has seen a bid to get the 24-year-old to White Hart Lane, snubbed by Atletico Madrid and will now turn his attentions elsewhere.

Adrian was linked with Tottenham by Madrid-based sports daily MARCA last week, however the Spanish international has insisted he wants to remain at the Vicente Calderon and was later quoted in MARCA saying: “I am very happy at the club and I have three years left on his contract.”

The Teverga-born star joined Atleti as a free agent last summer following a five-year spell at Deportivo la Coruna, although the former Oviedo youth player had loan spells at Alaves and Malaga during that time.

Capped twice at international level, Adrian is part of the Spanish squad that will play at the London Olympic football tournament at the end of July.

New Tottenham boss Andres Villas-Boas is said to rate Adrian highly and it is believed Spurs were ready to triple his wages in their bid to bring him to White Hart Lane.

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