Leeds must sign unwanted Tottenham star Fernando Llorente to save their summer

According to reports in The Evening Standard, Tottenham Hotspur are ready to sell striker Fernando Llorente this summer, and Championship club Leeds United must make an ambitious bid to bring him to the Championship.

What’s the word, then?

Fernando Llorente celebrates scoring for Tottenham

Well, despite being included on the north London outfit’s pre-season tour to America, The Evening Standard says that Spurs are keen to move Llorente and fellow striker Vincent Janssen on before the window slams shut on August 9 as they are both surplus to requirements.

The 6ft 5in tall Spaniard only signed for Tottenham last summer from Swansea City, but he struggled to make an impression and push Harry Kane perhaps as much as Mauricio Pochettino would have liked, with an exit looking to be on the cards.

The 33-year-old scored five goals in 31 appearances – albeit most of them came from the substitutes’ bench – last term, with his record of 15 in 35 games for Swansea City the previous year far more impressive.

Why should Leeds sign him?

Well, despite a disappointing 2017/18 campaign, Llorente is still a goalscorer who is strong and decent in the air, and there is no doubt that he would be a huge success in the Championship.

The Spaniard has also worked under Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa previously when the duo were at Athletic Bilbao, with the tall centre-forward enjoying the best goalscoring season of his career under the Argentine when he netted 29 goals in 53 matches in all competitions during the 2011/12 season.

Leeds and Bielsa, who must look to boost his centre-back options by signing an experienced £6m Argentine, are in need of a big boost in the transfer market with Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman their only arrivals on loan so far, and bringing in a player of Llorente’s calibre who already knows what his new manager wants would potentially save their summer and see a dwindling feel-good factor return around Elland Road.

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