Should Rafa offer £12 million Tottenham flop an escape route to Newcastle in January?

A dejected Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur and Fernando Llorente of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at The King Power...

The Tottenham Hotspur striker could be a useful addition to the Newcastle United squad.

Newcastle United's Spanish manager Rafael Benitez shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Newcastle...

Magpies boss Rafa Benitez will be desperate to add an established striker to his squad during the January transfer window, as he looks to add more potency to Newcastle's limp attack.

The Toon have scored just 13 goals in 14 Premier League outings this season, and Benitez is clearly unhappy with the options that he currently has available to him.

One potential option for him could be Spurs ace Fernando Llorente, who has endured a miserable start to life in north London, having failed to score in 16 appearances for Mauricio Pochettino's side so far.

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Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane (C) celebrates, with his teammate Fernando Llorente (L), after scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match between Apoel FC and...

The 32-year-old still has a lot to offer at the highest level, however, and the attributes that he possesses perfectly fit the criteria for what Benitez is looking to add to his squad in January.

He is strong and powerful in the air, fantastic at linking up play between defence and attack, and has a wealth of experience in playing at the peak of the European game.

Llorente would be the ideal strike partner for Dwight Gayle, and could help bring the best out of the 27-year-old hitman.

The former Juventus and Athletic Bilbao hitman would also surely benefit from more regular game-time at St James' Park, having made just three starts for Tottenham this season.

Dortmund's Swiss goalkeeper Roman Buerki (L) is injured by Tottenham Hotspur's Spanish striker Fernando Llorente (R) and later stretchered off during the UEFA Champions League Group H...Tottenham Hotspur's Fernando Llorente in action

Whether Pochettino will be prepared to give up on Llorente just four months after signing him from Swansea City is debatable though.

There will be only one way to find out as far as the Magpies are concerned, however, and if they offered Spurs somewhere in the region of what they paid for him in August, the Londoners could very well be tempted into selling. 

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