SAINTS SWOOP FOR LLORENTE
Southampton have landed the signing of Spanish striker Fernando Llorente from Juventus for a fee of £10.25 million.
The Spaniard hit form in the final stages of the Serie A season but now agrees a four year deal worth £98,000 a week with 'The Saints'.
Llorente becomes Southampton’s second signing of the season following the £8.5 million capture of Dutch international and Newcastle United midfielder, Vurnon Anita.
The 30-year-old now looks to be ‘The Saints’ likely option up front in a time where Pablo Osvaldo is being linked with a move away from St Mary’s Stadium and Rickie Lambert approaches his 34th birthday.
Llorente will re-unite with former Athletic Bilbao boss and new Southampton manager Marcelo Bielsa, who replaces Mauricio Pochettino.
The towering striker agreed to sign for Juventus on a free transfer from Bilbao back in 2013, which subsequently froze him out of the Bilbao squad, but since impressing in Italy, Bielsa has opted to forget the past and recruit the forward.
Llorente was a regular in his first season at Juve, playing 24 appearances before an injury in February 2014 ruled him out for the remainder of the season.
He was to see his chances limited the following season behind Juve’s Luciano Vietto, starting just 11 times and scoring five Serie A goals.