Spurs swap deal imminent
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Tottenham are on the brink of swapping Helder Postiga for Pedro Mendes, despite vehemently denying they wanted to off-load the man whose header helped dump England out of Euro 2004.
Spurs insisted new coach Jacques Santini wanted to assess the Portuguese forward in training before making a decision on his future, even though other clubs claimed Postiga was being offered to them as bait in potential swap deals.
One of those proposals appears close to completion with Porto agreeing to exchange Mendes for their former forward, with a cash adjustment also being paid.
New Dragons coach Luigi Delneri wants a tall striker for next season and Postiga fits the bill, with a five-year contract on the table.
The news will disappoint Benfica and Real Betis who were also trailing the Spurs misfit.
Portuguese sources claim Mendes has already had medical tests in London and the deal is very much in the pipeline.
The 25-year-old former Guimaraes midfielder is a tough tackler who relishes the physical side of the game.
Other sources are claiming Spurs want Lithuanian striker Edgaras Jankauskas as part of the deal.