White Hart Lane keeping tabs on Athletic Bilbao forward.
TOTTENHAM target Fernando Llorente has confirmed he plans to leave Athletic Bilbao on a free at the end of the season.
The powerhouse striker, 27, rejected a new contract and said he wanted to quit during the summer — but the La Liga outfit refused to let him go.
Now the Basque side will lose the forward for nothing when his deal expires — with Premier League teams including Spurs likely to be interested in snapping him up.
SOURCE: The Sun
Tottenham will be one of many sides who will be readying moves to capture the consistent Spanish marksman next summer though Athletic Bilbao will surely attempt to sell the giant forward in January so as to recoup some funds from his sale.
Fernando Llorente may well stick to his guns so that he can make the most of his free transfer status in order to attract as big a pay packet as possible.
Andre Villas-Boas may well need attacking alternatives though he seems loathed to use those he has at his disposal. Currently the Portuguese boss has steadfastly stuck with Jermain Defoe, who has rewarded that loyalty with an excellent run of form.
This has led to summer signing Emmanuel Adebayor sitting on the bench waiting for his chance to prove himself.
Come next summer Villas-Boas may have a clearer idea of what his squad is capable of and any free transfer move for a player of Llorente’s ability would be a sensible one to consider.
Last term the Pamplona born forward netted 29 goals in all competitions but his decision to hold off contract talks has seen his first team chances limited this season.
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