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Transfer Talk: Kruse, Pochettino, Llorente

8:30 am

Transfer Talk: Kruse, Pochettino, Llorente


Tottenham have been linked with Max Kruse who is leaving Wolfsburg on a free transfer after they refused to match his wage demands of £3.53 million (€4m) a year.

Bayern Munich has inquired about the German striker, while he has also been linked with Schalke 04, Inter Milam, AS Roma but is edging towards a move to fellow Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.

Reports from Italy suggest Juventus want Mauricio Pochettino to join them but understand that almost certainly isn't possible. They are also monitoring the situations of Christian Eriksen and Kieran Trippier. They think that will help us let Pochettino go!

Inter Milan are planning to make a move for soon to be free agent Fernando Llorente, although they admit Spurs might still offer him a new contract. I have reported this previously. While journalists can only see we have not activated a one-year extension clause, I fully appreciate that he will look around and see what offers are available.

I would expect him to be looking for at least a two-year contract and that if all the offers are only one-year deals that he might then let the club know he is happy to stay so we could still offer him a new contract.

He has come to everyone's attention with his performances in the Champions League and is interesting a host of clubs around Europe including Athletic Bilbao, Napoli, AC Milan, AS Roma, Marseille and Valencia.

His brother Jesus is his agent and Radio Liss asked him about rumours of a move to Napoli earlier this month.

"When you hear some rumours, there usually is a slight kernel of truth about them. Napoli? We are Juventus fans, but that's an experience we'd enjoy".


Transfer Talk: Kruse, Pochettino, Llorente Transfer Talk: Kruse, Pochettino, Llorente Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:30 am Rating: 5

Fernando Llorente - a bit-part striker now working

12:30 pm

Fernando Llorente - 8 goals, 5 assists in 13 games


Fernando Llorente is a bit-part striker now working at Tottenham Hotspur. The 34-year-old (35 next February) has not had much game time and therefore struggled at Tottenham, but he has had his significant moments, even when not scoring.
You may be surprised to learn he has scored 8 goals in 12.9 games for Spurs and had 5 assists, quite apart from his part in build-up play, like the winner against Ajax.

When we were first playing him, we were still playing the ball on the floor and giving him no crosses. As this season has gone on we have started to play to his strengths more.

A run of games when Kane was injured and an FA Cup hat-trick helped him and showed how we are at fault for not getting the best out of the strikers we have bought. Yes they haven't adapted very well, but when they have scored a goal and therefore gained a little bit of confidence, it was important that we gave them cameos as soon as possible when we were winning a game. We had the opportunity but Pochettino left them on the bench and the confidence boost of scoring was lost.

During his run of games, Llorente started to show what he could do, holding the ball up well and starting to show some skills on the floor.

Latterly we have started playing long balls up to him and he has created goals and we have created goals from his presence. The winner against Ajax was a ball played to him that he flicked to Dele Alli, who played it into the path of Lucas Moura who slotted home to seal our UEFA Champions League final place.

The experienced Spanish striker set up both goals to change the game in the home tie against PSV, he scored the third goal at home against Borussia Dortmund to take the tie away from the German Bundesliga  leaders, scored the goal against Manchester City that took us through to the semi-finals and was instrumental in the second half when he came on to help get us past Ajax..

He used his experience as a World Cup winner (Spain 2010), European Championship winner (Spain 2012), 3 time Italian Serie A winner (Juventus 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16), Italian Cup winner (Juventus 2014/15), Italian Super Cup winner (Juventus 2014/15) and UEFA Europa League winner (Sevilla 2015/16) to bully Daley Blind in that second half and was winning most of the balls played to him, same as the first leg but without the resulting goals.

For the record, he has scored 8 goals and had 5 assists in 33 games. He has played 1,161 minutes, which is the equivalent of full 12.9 games. He has scored a goal every 145 minutes and had a goal or an assist every 89.3 minutes. They are surprising statistics and he has to go down as a success.

His contract is up in the summer and he may well depart for pastures new, there are a host of clubs interested in him and regular football at one of them may appeal. He probably never thought he would be in a Champions League Final at this age but he is a certainty for the bench.

What happens in the summer and whether we offer him a new one-year deal we will have to wait and see. I guess it will depend upon if we sign another striker to replace Vincent Janssen.


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Llorente happy at Spurs

8:30 am

Llorente happy at Spurs

Fernando Llorente says he is happy at Spurs

Fernando Llorente

There are three clubs reported to be interested in 33-year-old (34 next February) Fernando Llorente. They are Atlético Madrid, who need a replacement for the departing Fernando Torres, Basque side Deportivo Alavés, who have asked to take him on loan and Real Valladolid. 

"I have no offers from any club in Spain or anywhere else and I will continue at Tottenham where I have one more year of contract.

"I am very happy with the Premier League. It is a spectacular championship, with an impressive atmosphere and I am very happy to be living this experience."

What that means is there is interest from Spain and clubs have made tentative inquiries, spoken to his agent to find out what financial package the former Spanish international would want and whether he'd be willing to move, plus what sort of fee Spurs would expect.

With other targets to explore, no official offer has been made and thus it is common PR to express how happy you are where you are and that you are looking forward to giving your all next season. 

The words actually mean nothing, they are to appease supporters and to suggest a commitment to whichever club the individual plays for.

Some, who should know better, are reading far too much into it.


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At least 4 sides want Llorente

8:29 am

Spurs Striker Llorente In Demand

Spanish Interest

Spanish newspaper Sport are reporting that Alavés and Athletic Bilbao are attempting to sign 33-year-old (34 next February) Spurs backup striker Fernando Llorente.

You would think Llorente would be happy to return home to Spain and toa league he knows well to finish his career. He is certainly open to a move away from Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettini is happy to let him leave.

The Daily Mirror, therefore, reports that he is keen to join Athletic Bilbao, which sounds like an educated guess to me given they are the bigger of the two clubs.

Other Interest

The same newspaper also reports that AC Milan are prepared to pay £11.25 million (€12.87m) for his services.

Other reports suggest a Mexican side are also interested in providing the former Spanish international with a new challenge.

The World Cup winner who scored 7 goals in 24 internationals for his country is under contract until 2019 and valued at £6.3 million (€7.21m) by Transfermarkt. Llorente joined us from Swansea City for £13.59 million (€15.54m) and there will have been performance bonuses included in that fee.

I suspect the £11.25 million figure is close to a breakeven amount so we'll try and sell him for more, perhaps £15 million (€17.16m) and agree on a compromise fee later in the window, that would be my guess. Proven go.alscorers are gold dust


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Spurs target booed by and Llorente to help Kane

7:12 am


You are never too old to learn or too young and even though Harry Kane has become a top striker he openly admits there is more he can learn and who better to learn from than an experienced World Cup winner.

"Fernando has been a fantastic addition. He’s a guy I can learn a lot from. He won the World Cup, Euros, Serie A and more. It’s a learning curve for me."

We have gone from an inexperienced striker we are trying to improve to an experienced striker who ca improve us. The youngsters will benefit from his experience just as the youngsters benefitted from having Rafael van der Vaart around.

In other news, Tottenham Hotspur summer target, André Gomes was booed by the Barcelona fans when the 24-year-old (25 next July) central midfielder came on as a 77th minute substitute against Espanyol (Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol de Barcelona, commonly known as RCD Espanyol or just Espanyol). Reports from Spain suggest constant booing is getting him down.

That is good new for Tottenham, the club they tried to offload him too to make way for Philippe Coutimho, who they eventually couldn't sign and thus pulled the plug on the Spurs deal. If Barcelona can secure another quality midfielder in the coming windows he could still end up at Spurs, although there will be plenty of suitors for his services.


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Players are just fans on transfer deadline day

8:32 am


You might think players know what is happening at a club but often they are just as much in the dark about transfer activity as the fans. It seems the players want news on transfer deadline day too.

Harry Kane talked about it before the actual day, saying he was sure Daniel levy would do some business and do well for Spurs and so it proved. On the day the players were texting our manager, Mauricio Pochettino himself has revealed. They were excited about the news we were trying to sign former Spanish international striker Fernando Llorente from Swansea City.

It is great that Pochettino was a player himself and that he can laugh and jok with players about the times they played in opposition. He reminded Llorente that he didn't score against him when they played and of course he has already told TV pundit Michael Owen that he never touched him for that foul.

It all helps to have a great rapport with players, fans and the press, who he certainly seems to handle very well.

 If the players are excited to have Llorente at the club then so should the fans, some of whom are underwhelmed for some reason.

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Should Janssen be looking for a Championship loan spell?

12:30 pm


It seems Vincent Janssen only wants to play for a big club according to the Dutch media, which is why he turned down all advances for him, no big clubs wanted him, including ourselves it seems. his next move will be abroad I expect but his £25 million (€27.19m - AUS$40.54m - US$32.31m) asking price may prove a sticking point. Presumably they will all ant a bargain.

If Fernando Llorente produces, and there looks to be no reason why he won't with his experience, then Janssen simply won't get a look in. He won't get on the bench and he won't get the two minutes at the end of a game he has been relying upon.

it's a shame, he has always tried hard, like Roberto Soldado before him. Unfortunately though, he couldn't adapt his game to suit our style amid suggestions that Pochettino doesn't think he is fit enough still.

If we go back to Emmanuel Adebayor, he was left out of the squad and left to rot in a last ditch effort to force him out of the club. It seems we are now going to have the same issue with Janssen. He may get outings in the League Cup to simply give Harry Kane and Fernando Llorente a rest.

It would make sense because if Kane were injured Llorente would be playing a lot of games and he is no spring chicken. As a precaution, Janssen could perhaps play in the Third and Fourth rounds of the competition depending upon who we are drawn against. That is possibly his only hope of game time. We'll have to wait and see.

According to the Stoke Sentinal, their sources at the club say Stoke City did not make a deadline day move for him and were not interested in taking him to the Potteries.

It isn't a nice situation and we are now paying a wage to a player we don't want and perhaps aren't going to use. Would it be a good idea for him to now go on loan to a Championship side until January simply to get some playing time and score a few goals?


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Spurs 3rd Shirt on sale in Mexico and Fernando Llorente

4:53 pm

The Tottenham Hotspur third kit has been found for sale in  Guadalajara, Mexico on Sept 1st. It was for sale at the Mall for 1399 pesos, which is £60.63 (€66.21 - AUS$98.52 - US$78.52).

New Spurs signing, 32-year-old (33 next February) Fernando Llorente scored the most headed goals (7) in the Premier League last season for former club Swansea City. He has managed to reignite his career after leaving Juventus, for whom he scored 27 goals (10 assists) in 92 games, for Sevilla where he scored 7 goals (5 assists) in 27 games.

He re-found his scoring boots for Swansea City in his first season in the Premier League with 15 goals (1 assist) in 35 games.

Scoring Record by League
LaLiga 17,795 minutes played, 88 goals scored, a goal every 202.22 minutes
Serie A 4,468 minutes played, 23 goals scored, a goal every 194.26 minutes
Premier League 2,451 minutes played, 15 goals scored, a goal every 163.40 minutes

Scoring Record in Europe
Champions League 909 minutes played, 4 goals scored, a goal every 227.25 minutes
Europas League 2,410 minutes played, 16 goals scored, a goal every 150.63 minutes

Career Scoring Record
31,540 minutes played, 190 goals scored, a goal every 166 minutes


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Fernando Llorente decision

12:30 pm
Fernando Llorente was wanted by Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Sevilla, Benfica, Galatasaray, Real Madrid and Porto, now that list seems to have shrunk to Spurs, Porto, Liverpool and West Ham, with his reported preferred destination Tottenham.

There are reports suggesting we are offering huge wages, giant wages, but, to be honest, they make no sense and are hardly likely to be accurate. It all depends on how you look at giant wages, but none of these stories detail any actual wage offer. A look at what he earns now tell us he wouldn't be getting a huge salary by Premier League standards or our standards.

At Juventus Llorente earns £3.16 million (US$4.95m - AUS$6.63m - €4.5m) per season which equates to £60,816-a-week (US$95,275 - AUS$127,522 - €86,538).

French side Monaco are reported to have offered to raise his wages to £3.51 million (US$5.5m - AUS$7.37m - €5m) however latest reports are that Monaco want to offload Portuguese midfielder João Moutinho also on £3.16 million because that is three times the wage cap they want to put in place. The stories don't match.

You would expect, bearing in mind his Juventus wage, that we would be offering him the same or slightly more but surely not over £70,000-a-week (US$109,504 - AUS$146,626 - €99,489), which is £3.64 million (US$5.69m - AUS$7.62m - €5.69m) per year.

For a 30-year-old (31 in February) we are not going to be going higher you would have to think. Because of his age future contracts for him would lower the wage unless he went to a cash-rich lower grade of football. What may be important to him is the length of any contract offer, he may want a four-year contract offer, we may want three or even less. We would want to recoup any fee we paid for him so if that is the case we would need to offer at least a three-year contract.

If he is a success none of this is a problem but if he isn't then we have a 30+ striker on £70,000-a-week who we will have problems shifting. He won't be like Emmanuel Adebayor, he will benefit the youngsters, he actively helps them as I reported previously, but he would be more in the Roberto Soldado situation, an excellent squad member helping others.

Signing any player is a risk and in most cases you try to eliminate as much risk as possible, however when you are buying potential the risks increase just as they do with buying an older player. We have to weigh up those risks, look at his scoring record, look at the types of systems he has played in, look to see how he has adapted to different situation, look at his off the field life, look at how he uses his experience, consider the fee and will we be able to recoup it if and when we sell him, look at the financial risks. Throw it all into the equation, list the positives and the negatives before weighing them up and reaching a decision.

Llorente scored 111 goals with 37 assists in 327 games for Athletic Bilbao before his free transfer to Juventus in July 2013, the summer we at Spurs tried to sign him before Soldado. Llorente then hit 27 goals with 10 assists in 90 games for the Italian champions. A look at minutes of Serie A playing time versus goals and he has scored a goal nearly every other game for Juventus, his playing time equates to 40.23 games.

At Athletic Bilbao he played a similar system to Pochettino under Marcelo Bielsa, he has married this summer, he uses his experience in a positive way to actively help youngsters, both on and off the field.

Tottenham are offering £6.49 million (US$10.04m - AUS$13.08m - €9m) but Juventus are insisting on £10.62 million (US$16.74m - AUS$21.79m - €15m) with several clubs chasing him.

Put yourself in our shoes. What would you list as his positives and negatives, then would you sign him or not if you would how much for and how long a contract would you offer?

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Llorente actively helps young teammates

9:00 pm

Without a doubt, Llorente is a positive influence as several of his team-mates regularly praise his contribution to the press and they don't just mean when he is on the field of play. Spanish compatriot Alvaro Morata, the young Real Madrid striker they signed last summer told Spanish paper Marca that Llorente “has helped me in everything and taken care of me.”

That is exactly what Harry Kane and another young striker if we sign one, need. It makes sense to have two young and one experienced and to use his experience to improve the youth. Can you see Adebayor improving a youth player, he is not the sort of role model or influence you want with a young team. The character of the individual is just as important as his playing ability.

Llorente has the ability, the stature, the experience, so while some are questioning his age, I'd suggest he is what we need. Experience is useless if you are not passing on that experience and actively helping younger players handle pressure better. An experienced player or a star of a team must make everyone feel important so they can get the best out of their game. Everyone has an off day and helping a young player cope with that, especially during a game is beneficial for the team.

Llorente demonstrated just this approach off the field when he greeted new signing Pablo Dybala, a fellow striker, arriving for his medical at Juventus. Immediately h is making him feel important, a talented and respected player has gone out of his way to welcome him, a small touch bit an important one.

At Athletic Bilbao, he played under Marcelo Bielsa finishing runners-up in the UEFA Europa League scoring 7 goals along the way. He will understand and has experience of the type of system that Pochettino plays, which would only help him settle at the club quickly. All of this is of course if he signs, from what I understand he is not the first choice option, but an option should we fail to be able to convince our targets that Tottenham is the place to be.

The Llorente approach or the Adebayor approach, not a contest.

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