Fernando Llorente set for summer exit from Tottenham Hotspur
Fernando Llorente set for summer exit from Tottenham Hotspur

Fernando Llorente will be made available for transfer this summer after what has been an underwhelming debut season at Tottenham Hotspur.

Prior to his recent FA Cup hat-trick against Rochdale, Llorente had managed just two goals in 26 games since joining from Swansea in the summer and hasn’t even made Mauricio Pochettino’s bench on a number of occasions recently.

Spurs are currently nervously awaiting news on the injury sustained by Harry Kane during Sunday’s win at Bournemouth and there are fears the England striker could be sidelined for a number of weeks.

But even Kane’s absence probably won’t to lead to much more playing time for Llorente, with Pochettino more likely to deploy the in-form Son Heung-min as a striker instead.

According to the Evening Standard, the Lilywhites will listen to offers for the 33-year-old Spanish striker when the transfer window re-opens at the end of the season.

Llorente made a name for himself when his goals helped Athletic Bilbao to the 2012 Europa League final and in 2013 he moved to Juventus on a free transfer.

After two years in Turin, the Basque returned to Spain with Sevilla before joining Swansea in 2016.

And after an impressive season in which he bagged 15 goals for the Swans, Llorente opted to join Spurs over Chelsea on transfer deadline day in August 2017.

But it seems the well-travelled striker will be on the move again at the end of this season, and it’ll be interesting to see where his career takes him next.