Man City & Tottenham Battle to Sign Spanish International Forward In January

Etihad Stadium and White Hart Lane sides in fight to land soon to be out of contract striker.

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Athletic Bilbao president Josu Urrutia has reiterated the Primera Division club have no intention of selling wantaway star striker Fernando Llorente during the January transfer window.

The Spain international’s future is uncertain after announcing this summer he would not be signing a new contract with Athletic once his current one runs out at the end of the season.

A host of clubs across Europe, including Manchester City and Tottenham, are interested in the 27-year-old but Athletic intend to make any interested parties wait until next summer to get their man.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

Fernando Llorente appears to have burned his bridges at Athletic Bilbao, such has been his keenness to leave the Basque side. The giant forward refused to sign a new contract in the summer and had a series of bust-ups with boss Marcelo Bielsa and has as a result been in and out of the club’s starting eleven, despite the fact that he is clearly the side’s most effective attacker.

The Spanish international scored 29 goals last term as Bilbao reached the Europa League final but now the forward wants to leave, having seen team-mate Javi Martinez join Bayern Munich, and the La Liga side may look to cash in on the prolific marksman in January instead of losing him for nothing at the end of the season.

Man City would appear to have more than enough forwards in their squad, after all Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko regularly warm the bench and Roberto Mancini would surely need to sell one, or both, of these talents before bringing yet more competition to challenge Argentine pair Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez.

Tottenham have relied heavily on Jermain Defoe this season and Andre Villas-Boas has seen the England man start the season well, with nine goals in 16 Premier League matches this season.

Given that summer signing Emmanuel Adebayor has barely had a look-in this term one would wonder at the sense of bringing in Llorente.

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