Transfer Rumors: Mexico's Dos Santos to Leave Tottenham, Move to La Liga?

John McGonigalCorrespondent IIJune 29, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07:  Giovani Dos Santos of Spurs chips the ball into the area for teammate Jermain Defoe to score the opening goal during the FA Cup Third Rund match between Tottenham Hotspur and Cheltenham Town at White Hart Lane on January 7, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Mexico's U-23 manager Luis Fernando Tena announced that Giovani dos Santos will be leaving Tottenham and will look to sign with another club, reports's Eric Gomez

Questions were initially risen when the 23-year-old attacking midfielder was a no-show at Mexico's first practice session as they prepare for the Olympics.

"He told us which team [he's signing for], but I'm not at liberty to say which," said Tena to reporters in Mexico City. "For us, it's much better that he's calm, for him to fix his contractual situation and come back, if not in his best physical form, certainly much better mentally now that he knows where he's going to play."

After spending much of his youth at Barcelona, dos Santos was expected to make a splash with Spurs when he signed in June 2008, but the marriage never worked out.

Dos Santos was sent on loan to Ipswich Town, Galatarasay, and Racing de Santander over a three-year period, causing him to become frustrated with the club.

Over the past four years, dos Santos has only made 14 starts for Tottenham—scoring just three goals.

With him heading over to London to do some paperwork, it's speculated that the Mexican attacker will have a new club by the end of the weekend.

It's been rumored that Liverpool, Swansea City and recently-relegated Bolton were interested in his services. 

However, the Daily Mail reported recently that dos Santos is nearing a €8 million move to La Liga's Atletico Madrid.

While dos Santos would certainly garner playing time for Atletico, issues may arise considering their packed midfield—which includes Tiago and Diego.