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Tottenham tempted to bid for Basque frontman Fernando Llorente?

| 02.04.2015

Tottenham (16/1 with Coral for a top four finish) are believed to be tracking Juventus frontman Fernando Llorente, as Mauricio Pochettino plans to supplement his striking options for next season.

The Old Lady attacker arrived in Italy on a free transfer back in 2013, and is now believed to be valued at £11m by the Turin team after striking 25 times in 77 appearances.

Big Basque centre forward Llorente has made 24 league outings this season, but has only bagged five goals for the Italian giants (7/1 to lift the Champions League), and his poor return could see him sacrificed in summer.

The usually lethal Spaniard now has to compete with younger compatriot Alvaro Morata, as well as top scorer Carlos Tevez, though still clocked up plenty of playing time.

Should Massimiliano Allegri also look to shake-up his strikeforce, however, the brilliant Basque would likely be first to go, with Pochettino apparently ready to pounce.

Pamplona-born poacher Llorente would provide Pochettino with both an experienced partner, and a rotation option, to support striking starlet Harry Kane.

Recent England cap Kane has carried the goal burden for his club this campaign, despite being just 21, and the addition of Llorente to White Hart Lane ranks could ease the pressure significantly.

With Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor, who have just three Premier League strikes between them this season, both expected to be axed, Tottenham certainly need at least one new striker, and the 30-year-old target man would fit the bill.

Blessed with height, strength, technique and aerial ability, the Spanish sharpshooter should slot seamlessly into Premier League life, should Spurs snare the striker.

An Athletic Bilbao academy product, Llorente was part of the sensational Spain squad that tasted triumph with successive World Cup and European Championship trophies between 2010-2012.

Llorente was then omitted from Vicente del Bosque’s final cut for Brazil 2014, and could be keen to seek pastures new in an attempt to earn a recall from the international wilderness.

Nicknamed ‘the Lion King’ by Bilbao fans, Llorente also embraced his roots by representing the Basque Country regional team.

Spurs must move quickly if they are to snap-up the sharpshooter, however, with Liverpool also said to be interested in the Serie A star.



Holly Thackeray

Holly is a member of the content team, and can often be found on the sports desk writing about favourite topics Serie A and East Asian footballing nations. A recent darts convert, she is also a fully-fledged member of Barney's Army and a proud Leeds-born Manchester United fan.