West Ham United join the race for Llorente

The Spaniard is also a transfer target for Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid 

According to reports in Italy, West Ham United have entered the race to sign Juventus forward Fernando Llorente this summer. 

Llorente is currently deemed as the fourth-choice forward at the Turin side, with Alvaro Morata, and new recruits Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic all seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order.

The acquisitions of Dybala and Mandzukic appear to have somewhat rubber-stamped Llorente’s departure from the Serie A title-winners, and the news that he is to be ushered out of Juventus seen him become the focus of heavy transfer speculation, over recent days.

Premier League interest: 

The 30-year-old Pamploma-native signed for Juventus from Athletic Bilbao in the summer of 2013, but could be on his way to English shores, with Liverpool, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur all willing to match his huge wage demands.

Having scored seven goals in 32 international appearances for his country – Llorente is strong in the air, and Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is keen to pair him with Diafra Sakho.

The East Londoners have spent big this summer, and recently added a further two new recruits, in the faces of Angelo Ogbonna, and full-back Carl Jenkinson.

However, West Ham may have competition from fellow top-flight sides on their hands, as Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool will be wanting to hijack any proposed deal at Upton Park.

The Real deal? 

Another club on the list of potential suitors for Llorente’s services is Real Madrid, new Madrid manager Rafael Benitez views the player as the “right alternative to mainly come off the bench.”

Los Blancos currently only have the one recognised forward, in French international Karim Benzema’s who’s future is still up in the air.

Llorente could be tempted with a return to his native homeland, as he thrived in the Spanish La Liga with Bilbao, scoring 85 goals in 262 games during a prolonged spell in the Basque Country.

Spanish publication Marca, claim that Madrid are in advanced talks to bring Llorente into the club.

 

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