Roy Hodgson determined to bring giant Athletic Bilbao striker to Anfield.
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Liverpool are closing in on Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente and Roy Hodgson looks to partner the rangy target man with his Spanish international counter part Fernando Torres. After watching his side once again fail to break down their opposition and with new owners on board, the Anfield boss is determined to clinch the signing of the 25 year old in January.
The 6ft 5in Pamplona born striker is now in his seventh seasons in the San Mames first team and is itching to move on to pastures new, not least because his Basque country side failed to secure European football this term and seems no nearer doing so after an average start to the current campaign.
Llorente is also keen to assert his position in the international set up after sitting out most of the World Cup winning campaign on the bench. However recent performances have impressed Vicente Del Bosque as the giant marksman netted three goals in the two recent Euro 2012 qualifiers against Lithuania and Scotland.
A move to Anfield would help propel the Merseyside as an attacking force and the attributes Llorente possesses should make him an ideal foil for Fernando Torres who is looking to see his side invest in talented new signings in January so as to help the club’s average squad improve and push away from the bottom of the Premier League table and back towards their more accustomed position in the top four.
Athletic Bilbao would demand at least £17m for their prized asset but even at that price he would be seen as a wise investment. Roy Hodgson desperately tried to secure a big physical presence to team up with Torres during the last transfer window and failed in last ditch attempts to sign Roman Pavlyuchenko and Carlton Cole. Llorente seems unlikely to secure a move to either of Spain’s big two as both Barcelona and Real Madrid have more than enough attacking options, which leaves a move to the Premier League as a distinct possibility.