Fernando Llorente on Arsene Wenger's radar

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Reports are circulating this morning that Arsene Wenger is interested in taking Spanish international forward Fernando Llorente on loan in January, reports the Daily Mirror.

It is no secret that Arsenal are light in that department, and Arsene Wenger is keen on the Juventus man.

Llorente 28, has struggled to settle in Serie A so far this season, and has found it difficult to get regular football dropping behind Carlos Tevez in the pecking order.

It is being suggested he would be interested in a move to the Premier League.

Llorente - who moved from Athletic Bilbao on a free transfer after his contract expired in June this year - spent eight good years at San Mamés where he notched 85 goals in 262 games.

He became a very important cog in the Bilbao machine where he had his best season in 2011/2012 season, which culminated in finishing runners-up in the Europa League final to fellow Spanish side Atletico Madrid.

Llorente has also figured for the ever impressive Spanish national side where he has picked up seven goals from 22 internationals. 

It is no surprise to see Arsenal looking at Llorente. He fits the bill, he is an ideal target man and at 6ft 5 inches he is a sizeable target. His main attribute is his hold up play and his aerial ability in many ways he is your typical "old fashioned" centre forward. 

With the lack of numbers at the Emirates that could fill this position, Wenger has undoubtedly identified this position as priority for the New Year, with Olivier Giroud the only used striker so far in this Premier League campaign the club is especially thin in that department.

Free summer signing Yaya Sanogo has barely featured and is currently injured and with only Nicklas Bendtner the only other forward around the first-team squad, this is a deal that is looking very likely.

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