Report: Rivals to reignite loan swoop for Tottenham colossus after long-term pursuit
Chelsea are set to reignite a loan swoop for Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente after failing in moves both earlier this month and the summer transfer window, according to a report.
The London Evening Standard claim on their website that the Blues are desperate to add to their attacking ranks this month to help support summer signing Alvaro Morata, but that they have struggled to secure the signing of any reinforcements just days before the January window closes.
The report states that following their long-term pursuit of the 6’5″ colossus, which stretches back to January 2016 when he was at Swansea, Tottenham’s London rivals are ready to make another move after missing out to Spurs in the summer.
This season has seen Llorente make 22 appearances across all competitions since arriving from the Swans, with two goals to his name after the majority of his outings came as substitute appearances.
Football Insider verdict
While Llorente is firmly Harry Kane’s understudy there is little chance Spurs will be letting the Spaniard depart this month, especially to their London rivals. His physicality up front offers a different element to Tottenham’s attack and although he has not hit the goal scoring trail just yet, he still has a role to play during the second half of the campaign. Chelsea are struggling to find the right sort of signing for several reasons, and it could be they miss out on adding to their ranks before the window closes, in what would be a severely frustrating turn of events for Antonio Conte.
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