Door appears to be closing on Fernando Llorente joining West Ham

Fernando Llorente of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Champions League  match between Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano on June 1, 2019 in Madrid Spain

Fernando Llorente seemingly won't be heading to West Ham United any time soon.

Fernando Llorente of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Champions League  match between Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano on June 1, 2019 in Madrid Spain

Fernando Llorente remains without a club, more than a month since his Tottenham Hotspur contract came to an end.

The striker's deal expired on June 30th, and with Spurs failing to activate a one-year option in his deal, he was release by Mauricio Pochettino's side.

The London Evening Standard report that Tottenham have actually offered Llorente a contract, on reduced terms from his £100,000-a-week deal, but he hasn't even replied to their offer.

 

A move to Italy now appears the most likely switch for the 34-year-old striker, and a move to West Ham United can probably be ruled out at this stage too.

The Daily Star noted in July that West Ham had made contact with Llorente's representatives, and were eyeing up a move to sign him on a free transfer to bolster Manuel Pellegrini's options.

Whilst the transfer window is closed, the Hammers would technically still be able to sign Llorente on a free transfer, but that no longer seems likely.

Fernando Llorente of Tottenham Hotspur during the   Training Tottenham Hotspurs at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on May 31, 2019 in Madrid Spain

Not only does Llorente appear to be heading to Italy, but West Ham signed a striker on deadline day by landing Basel forward Albian Ajeti to support fellow new boy Sebastien Haller, meaning Llorente isn't needed at West Ham.

Add in that West Ham's free spots in their Premier League squad – as noted by Football.London – would have to be for homegrown players, which Llorente isn't, and we can seemingly kill off any chance of the Spanish veteran joining West Ham.

Fernando Llorente of Tottenham Hotspur in action with Michael Keane of Everton during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May...

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