Dos Santos close to Spurs exit

Mexican forward set for a move back to Spain with Villarreal

Giovani Dos Santos: Set for a move back to Spain with Villarreal

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Villarreal have confirmed that they are in advanced negotiations with Tottenham over the signing of Mexican forward Giovani Dos Santos.

The 22-year-old Mexican international has failed to establish himself since arriving at White Hart Lane in the summer of 2008 from Barcelona.

This season he has been used principally by Harry Redknapp in domestic and European Cup competitions, contributing a couple of goals against Shamrock Rovers and Cheltenham.

However, it seems Dos Santos is now ready to bring an end to his time in North London with Villarreal hopeful of completing a deal before the close of the transfer window, although La Liga rivals Espanyol and Granada are also known to be interested in securing his services.

"The negotiations are well on the way and it seems like the player wants to come to Villarreal," said the Spanish outfit's vice president Jose Manuel Llaneza.

"The deal is not finalised, but we expect a solution by the weekend. Villarreal needs more attacking players."

Nilmar could depart

The Spaniards are keen to bolster their attacking options following a hugely disappointing first half of the season which sees them only out of the relegation places on goal difference.

In addition, there are also reports that strike Nilmar could leave the club having been linked with a return to his native Brazil.

Of a possible deal, Llaneza added: "When we have solved that for better or worse we will say, we don't wish to speak about it when we're negotiating.

"Until March, when the Brazilian window closes, there is time."