Exclusive: Tottenham make move to sign big-name free agent after defeat to Newcastle
By Pete O’Rourke
Tottenham have made a new move to sign Fernando Llorente after their shock defeat to Newcastle United yesterday, Football Insider can reveal.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his team is short of depth in attack following the team’s opening three Premier League matches of the campaign.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider the club are ready to table a new one-year offer to Llorente after being initially knocked back in their bid to re-sign him.
The Spanish striker, 34, is available on a free transfer and can be signed by Premier League clubs even though the English window shut a fortnight ago.
He has been linked with a move to Manchester United but Football Insider has learned there is stronger interest from clubs in Italy, were the window remains open for another week.
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Tottenham are convinced that Llorente can be convinced to return to White hart Lane even though they have been unwilling until now to offer him the same terms as his previous £90,000-a-week deal.
Harry Kane has spearheaded the Tottenham attack for the first three matches, but there has been no orthodox centre-forward for Pochettino to call upon.
Llorente had an impressive goals-per-minute ratio for Spurs, scoring 13 goals in 66 appearances, most of which were as a substitute.
He moved to the Londoners in the summer of 2017 after a prolific season at Swansea City and previous success at Juventus and hometown club Athletic Bilbao.
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