Tottenham submit eleventh hour offer for World Cup winning striker - reliable journalist
By Danny Wright
Tottenham have submitted an offer for experienced Swansea striker Fernando Llorente, according to a reliable journalist.
HLN reporter Kristoff Terreur claimed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday morning that Spurs are trying to “hijack” Chelsea’s move for Llorente, 32, and have approached Swansea with an eleventh hour offer with less than 24 hours to go before the transfer window slams shut.
— Kristof Terreur ???? (@HLNinEngeland) August 31, 2017
Tottenham are widely known for being in need of another striker after Vincent Janssen’s dire debut season in north London saw him fail to be a decent back-up option to Harry Kane.
Llorente was only signed by the Swans last summer but was very impressive in his debut season in the Premier League as he scored 15 goals in 33 league appearances, playing a major part in the Welsh club’s top-flight survival.
The 24-times Spain international, who lifted the 2010 World Cup with his nation, has a wealth of experience from playing with some of Europe’s top clubs including Athletic Bilbao, Juventus and Sevilla.
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He is yet to play this season after sustaining a broken arm during pre-season training.
Football Insider Verdict
Tottenham could really do with another striker in their squad before the transfer window slams shut on Thursday night, but it’s hard to see Llorente being that man. Mauricio Pochettino needs someone who offers something different to Kane and Janssen. All three forwards are physical presences and Spurs really need someone who is lightning quick and can dart behind the defensive line and drag players out of position in attack. It seems that this deal might be done to upset Chelsea more than anything and it seems to be a possible panic buy. There are other targets out there for Tottenham, they just have to spend the money to get them.