According to Cadena Ser, Newcastle United are interested in signing Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente, although Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are also reportedly admirers of the Spaniard.
Llorente came through the youth system at Real Madrid, but only made three first-team appearances for the European champions before leaving for Sociedad in 2017.
The 25-year-old has scored seven times in 39 appearances for Sociedad, and has recently returned to the fold for the Basque club following a spell out of action with an ankle problem.
Llorente, who is also a two-time senior international with Spain, is attracting interest from Newcastle, Liverpool and Tottenham, according to Cadena Ser.
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The Newcastle fans have been on social media discussing the transfer report, and it would be fair to say that the majority do not fancy their club’s chances of pulling off a deal for the 6ft 1in ace.
A selection of the Twitter reaction from the Newcastle supporters can be seen below:
Along with our keepers CB is the one place we don’t need to strengthen; Lascelles, Fernandez, Lejeune coming back, Schar, Clark…100% certain we won’t buy a CB #nufc
— Kevin Nichol (@Kevin_Nichol) November 20, 2018
??NUFC come on lads be serious ???????
— Paul Hay (@PaulH46499904) November 20, 2018
No chance against those two… Playing time doesn’t matter – Champions League does.
— Thomas Salvesen (@salvis205) November 20, 2018
Really? Another centre back? Personally think we’re ok in that dept, need a playmaker, centre forward and a number 10 urgently, as we have for 5 years now, but won’t get! Be a case of ‘we tried but couldn’t get over the line’!?
— Scott Smith (@ScottyDog4410) November 20, 2018
Textbook from Ashley, get yourself linked to people the top clubs are after then when we don’t get them it’s already expected.
— Mark Dawson (@Mark_C_Dawson) November 20, 2018
I very much doubt this is true
— Mick Parry (@MickP1964) November 20, 2018
So we’ve basically already lost the race to sign him?
— Adrian (@Adrian____29) November 20, 2018
So not us then
— sturrock (@sturrock89) November 20, 2018