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Athletic Bilbao forward has confirmed he will leave in the summer, but Tottenham hope to entice him to White Hart Lane rather earlier.
Tottenham will try to tempt Fernando Llorente into quitting Athletic Bilbao in January.
The striker last week confirmed he will leave Bilbao when his contract expires in the summer.
But Spurs are ready to offer a cut-price £7million to Bilbao to cash in on Llorente (above) in the January transfer window. He was Bilbao’s top scorer with 17 league goals last term but has been sidelined due to his refusal to sign a new deal.
Juventus are also keen and the 27-year-old may prefer to wait until the end of the season, when he will be able to take his pick from a number of lucrative offers.
Fernando Llorente has confirmed he is set to leave Athletic Bilbao, but only in the summer, stating that he hopes to score as many goals as possible in the meantime.
The trouble is, his team may now look to sell him on rather earlier than that – so that they can actually secure a transfer fee for him.
Arsenal and Tottenham have both been linked with a move for the Spain international striker, as well as Serie A giants Juventus, but on the whole each club had been thought to be waiting until Llorente’s contract expired.
There are a number of ways to view the expected £7m offer from Tottenham Hotspur, as on one hand it feels a rather high price to pay to get a striker six months early.
On the other hand though, £7m would be a great price relatively speaking for a man who has proved a prolific goalscorer for both his club and Spain.
Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas will hope that his team are the only ones willing to pay such a price for Llorente, as should a bidding war escalate for one of Europe’s hottest properties, his price could rise very quickly indeed.
Villas-Boas has shown tremendous faith in Jermain Defoe up front, but does not seem quite as convinced by Emmanuel Adebayor.
The Togo star has played up front in some of the tougher games on paper, but usually because Tottenham need a reference point for their attack able to play with their back to goal.
It is safe to say that Fernando Llorente would be a rather better option than Adebayor in that position, who has the capacity to frustrate as much as he can inspire.
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