Liverpool plot €20m Spanish striker raid as Suarez deal falters

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Liverpool are being linked with a January move for Fernando Llorente as their efforts to sign Luis Suarez falter.

The Reds have reportedly been in negotiations with Ajax to bring the Uruguayan international striker to Anfield, but with Liverpool still struggling to agree a fee with the Dutch giants they could turn their attentions to Llorente.

A Spanish international with 13 caps for his country, Fernando Torres and Jose Reina could be used in an effort to persuade the striker that Liverpool is the place to be.

Llorente was first linked with Liverpool in the summer, with Roy Hodgson reportedly monitoring the player's La Liga form in August.

Speculation has continued to circle in the British media, with various papers and websites claiming the Merseysiders continue to see the striker as a perfect attacking foil for Torres.


New owners NESV have pledged a transfer war chest to manager Kenny Dalglish, and the Liverpool legend is also thought to be keen on Llorente as a potential January addition should the club fail to finalise the deal for Suarez.

It is thought that Liverpool would have to pay in the region of €20 million to bring the player to Anfield, despite a reported minimum fee release clause much higher than the valuation.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are also thought to be keen on the player, and Liverpool may have to move quickly if they wish to secure the player's signature before the window closes.

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