Fernando Llorente completes switch from Swansea City to Tottenham Hotspur
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Daniel Levy manages to bring in experienced forward to conclude Spurs transfer deadline day business
Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Fernando Llorente from Swansea City in a deal understood to be worth £12 million.
The Spanish forward didn’t seem on Spurs’ radar until late in the summer transfer window, but Daniel Levy and co have managed to get the deal done in time.
Llorente has agreed a two-year deal with the north London club and exits Swansea after just one season in Wales.
Despite only spending a short amount of time at the Liberty Stadium, the striker quickly endeared himself to the Swans faithful.
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He scored 15 times in the Premier Leage while 33 appearances to help Paul Clement’s club avoid the drop.
Llorente has now swapped Swansea for Spurs, however, despite Chelsea registering an interest in the experienced ace.
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The 32-year-old moves to Tottenham with great pedigree after a stunning record during his lengthy stay at Athletic Bilbao.
He will provide a great back-up option for first-choice forward Harry Kane and also offers something different up top.
Llorente’s addition is likely to be Spurs last business on transfer deadline day after failing to complete moves for Andre Gomes (Barcelona) or Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City).
Vincent Janssen was linked with a switch away from Tottenham and despite no deal being completed before 11pm, Brighton & Hove Albion are still trying to bring the forward in on loan.
However, it means Spurs can reflect on their summer business with some satisfaction after only losing Kyle Walker out of the big hitters in the squad.
Danny Rose was linked with a switch away from the club, but has remained and Tottenham managed to retain the likes of Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen with minimum fuss in addition to Toby Alderweireld.
Mauricio Pochettino was able to bolster his defence too with the signings of Davinson Sanchez, Juan Foyth and Serge Aurier.
He also added goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga to his squad from Southampton and in the end got tall striker Llorente in.
A negative for Tottenham was the failure to bring in a speedy winger with Mahrez looking a possibility during the day.
It means going forward Spurs still seem to lack real pace in wide attacking areas, yet Aurier will help that on the right-hand side.
Overall Pochettino can reflect on a fairly good window with only one first-team regular moving on and several quality players arriving.
Will it be enough to help Tottenham push on again? Only time will tell, but like usual Levy worked some of his magic to make it another dramatic deadline day for Spurs.