Report: Tottenham closing on deal for Juventus striker Fernando Llorente

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The Spain international is currently out-of-favour at Juventus and could soon be on his way to the Premier League.

Fernando Llorente is close to accepting a switch to Tottenham Hotspur, according to Italian media outlets Sport Mediaset and TMW.

The former Athletic Bilbao man has struggled since his move to Juventus two years ago and managed just nine goals in his 45 appearances last season.

The signings of Mario Mandzuckic, Simone Zaza and Pablo Dyabla have reduced the Spaniard’s chances of featuring regularly next season and he is now reportedly resigned to a move elsewhere.

Sports Mediaset claim that Llorente was hopeful of a move to Real Madrid - with new boss Rafa Benitez said to be a fan - but no offer has materialised and he is now open to a White Hart Lane switch.

A good signing?

Llorente thrived at Athletic Bilbao under Marcelo Bielsa, whose high pressing system is the basis for Mauricio Pochettino’s footballing philosophies.

He would understand what’s required of a frontman in that system and at 6’5, his physical stature is better suited to the Premier League than his fellow countryman Roberto Soldado.

Spurs need not break the bank to sign him either, with the Spaniard unlikely to command an exorbitant transfer fee.

At 30-years old, however, his signing would represent a deviation from Spurs' youthful policy and there is, of course, never any telling how well foreign imports will adapt to English football.

Spurs are in desperate need of back-up for Harry Kane and Llorente's arrival would still be a solid acquisition.

It isn't the marquee signing to catapult the Lilywhites into the top four, but would add strength in depth and a variety in their attacking options.

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