West Ham ‘in Contact’ With Napoli Striker Fernando Llorente

Llorente is now plying his trade with Napoli in Serie A | Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

West Ham have made contact with Fernando Llorente over a potential move for the Napoli striker.

The former Tottenham forward joined the Serie A side on a free transfer just 12 months ago and has returned similar goalscoring figures in Naples as he did for the north London club, managing four goals in all competitions last term.

He has now been linked with a sharp return to the Premier League. With money tight and David Moyes keen on bolstering his forward options after letting Albian Ajeti depart for Celtic, veteran striker Llorente has been identified by the Hammers as a possible replacement.

West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth - Pre-Season FriendlyMoyes is keen to add to his options up-front | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Contact between the veteran striker and West Ham is ongoing, according to Italian newspaper Il Mattino, and with Llorente in the final year of his deal at Stadio San Paolo it is unlikely that Gennaro Gattuso will stand in the Spaniard’s way, especially since he’s managed to convince Dries Mertens to stay and secured the record signing of Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen for a huge £73m.

Given Il Mattino don’t go into too much detail regarding the specifics of the story, it’s fair to assume any such deal would be in its early stages.

Llorente has had a glittering career that has seen him win silverware at club level and with his national side. He helped Juventus win three consecutive Serie A titles during his time in Turin and enjoyed success on the international stage with World Cup and European Championship triumphs.

The 35-year-old played a pivotal part in Tottenham’s run to the Champions League final during the 2018/19 campaign but was powerless as Mauricio Pochettino’s side fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat against Liverpool.

Llorente has Premier League experience with Tottenham and SwanseaLlorente has Premier League experience with Tottenham and Swansea | Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

Llorente is an experienced striker who bagged 17 goals – 15 of which came at Swansea – and provided five assists in 69 matches during his time in the Premier League.

Moyes may have to move quickly if he wants to secure his man as Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton have also been linked after securing the signings of James Rodriguez and Allan, with Abdoulaye Doucoure also set to arrive at Goodison Park.

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