By Harry Sykes
Danny Murphy has hailed Tottenham’s signing of the “excellent” Fernando Llorente as a shrewd piece of business.
The Spaniard, 32, was prised from Swansea on deadline day for a fee of around £12million as Spurs hijacked Chelsea to seal an unexpected deal.
Former Tottenham midfielder Murphy claimed in his London Evening Standard column that Llorente is the perfect back-up to Harry Kane and paid tribute to chairman Daniel Levy for abandoning the club’s usual policy of signing up and coming players.
“It is ridiculous to be so formulaic about transfers that you refuse to sign somebody simply because of his age, so I am relieved to see Tottenham break from their normal policy to sign Fernando Llorente from Swansea,” Murphy said.
“I doubt Daniel Levy will make a habit of signing 32-year-old outfield players but it is a clever bit of business.
“Llorente should be excellent back-up for Harry Kane but, if Tottenham are chasing the game, they could play together.”
24-times Spain international Llorente has been signed after an impressive record at Swansea, where he scored 15 goals in 35 appearances.
Mauricio Pochettino also oversaw deals for defenders Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier and Juan Foyth, as well as goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, who reunited with Pochettino following their time together at Southampton.
Aurier comes in for Kyle Walker, who joined Manchester City earlier in the summer for a huge fee of £54million while Vincent Janssen’s form convinced Pochettino to sign a proven Premier League striker in Llorente.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a Sky journalist has revealed that a last-gasp Spurs striker switch failed after an agreement had been reached.