Sources: Major development after Tottenham submit offer for 17-goal PL scorer
By Wayne Veysey and Pete O’Rourke
Tottenham’s bid to re-sign Fernando Llorente appears destined to fail as he closes in on a transfer to Napoli, Football Insider has learned.
As revealed by Football Insider, Spurs have made a new move for the Spanish striker after their shock defeat to Newcastle United at the weekend convinced Mauricio Pochettino he needed an alternative attacking option.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider the club have offered a one-year deal to Llorente as they look to land him on a free transfer but are not hopeful of sealing his signature.
The 34-year-old also has an offer on the table from Napoli, as well as strong interest from Inter Milan, and is ready to agree terms with an Italian high flyer before the window shuts next Monday.
Llorente is tempted by the prospect of a major role at the Serie A giants and has held talks with the club about where he would fit into the team.
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The striker had an impressive goals-per-minute ratio for Spurs, scoring 13 goals in 66 appearances, but spent most of his time as understudy to Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura and company.
He moved to the Londoners in the summer of 2017 after a prolific season at Swansea City, where he scored 15 times in 35 matches, and 17 of his 28 goals in English football have come in the Premier League.
In a glittering club career, Llorente has netted 173 times in 558 appearances, more than half of which came at hometown club Athletic Bilbao.