By Wayne Veysey and Pete O’Rourke
Mauricio Pochettino has been left seething after Tottenham were trumped by Napoli’s offer for Fernando Llorente, Football Insider has learned.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider the club offered a one-year deal to Llorente on reduced terms as they looked to snap him up for the second time on a free transfer.
But the former Spain international snubbed the deal and instead accepted Napoli’s two-year contract that he is set to sign later today.
As revealed by Football Insider on Thursday, the Serie A big hitters were finalising terms with Llorente and he is set to undergo a medical with them in the coming hours.
It is a blow to Pochettino, who has been looking for an alternative attacking option after his side’s opening three matches of the campaign highlighted the need for a plan B.
The majority of Llorente’s 66 appearances during his two seasons at Tottenham were as a substitute, but he still scored 13 times and turned a number of crucial games in the team’s favour.
The forward had been open to re-signing for the Londoners but he has been tempted by a bigger role at Napoli as he continues what has been a glittering club career.
Llorente has netted 173 times in 558 club appearances, more than half of which came at hometown club Athletic Bilbao.