Arsenal and Tottenham striker target open to Premier League move

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Fernando Llorente has alerted his Premier League suitors to his availability by claiming he would love to secure a switch to England.

The Spanish striker appears destined to leave Athletic Bilbao either in January or at the end of the season after turning down a contract extension at the Basque club last summer, and is unlikely to be short of options from across Europe.

Tottenham and Arsenal both appear in need of need of a striker in the January transfer window, and have been linked with a move for Llorente.

Spurs can only call upon Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor to lead the line at White Hart Lane, while Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is expected to spend big in the January window in order to bolster his side's ailing season.

The Gunners sit in 7th in the Premier League, two points behind Spurs. and are said to be searching for a host of new players.

Both north London have been buoyed in their pursuit of the striker after he revealed that a move to England would appeal to him.

"I really like the Premier League and I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion that it’s a league which appeals to me a lot," he said.

“You never know. It’s one good option in terms of my future but we’ll have to wait until the end of the season to see what happens.

“It is true that we are approaching the date when I can sign for other clubs.

“I’m trying to keep it so that it is something which is managed by my brother and my representatives.

“That leaves me to focus on my football and help my team, Athletic, and nothing else, maintain focus.”

Manchester City have also been credited with an interest in Llorente, as have Italian champions Juventus, although the 27-year-old refutes claims that he has already agreed to make the move to Turin.

"No. That’s totally untrue," he commented.

“I think it’s normal that people talk about these things, but ultimately you have to respect the rules.

“I am an Athletic player and, until January 1, I cannot sign with any other team.”

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