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Done Deal: Tottenham confirm the signing of Fernando Llorente from Swansea

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Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente on their club TwitterThe Guardian say that Spurs fought off competition from Chelsea, who had previously been linked with a move for the centre forward in January.

Who is he?

A 32-year-old Spanish veteran, Llorente has had an illustrious career. Having come through the youth ranks at Athletic Bilbao, he moved on a free transfer to Juventus where he worked under Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. Since then, he has spent time on loan at Sevilla back in Spain and last season impressed as he ended the season as Swansea’s top goalscorer with 15 goals.

What’s the deal?

Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague claims that the deal is for around £12 million, with Llorente putting pen to paper on a two year contract with an option for another year to be extended. Given the fact that Llorente is 32-years-old and was in the final year of his Swansea contract, it seems a fair price to pay.

What’s his style of play?

Llorente is a strong and physical centre-forward who is best known for his aerial strength. Premier League defences struggled to contain him in the air last season and he will look to use that battering ram technique again at Wembley for Tottenham on a regular basis.

What will his arrival mean for Tottenham?

Primarily, it will mean competition for Harry Kane. Vincent Janssen was signed last summer with that in mind but failed to live up to expectations in a disappointing debut campaign. Llorente has already shown that he has what it takes in the Premier League and will also offer a more direct option up-front.

What’s the reaction?

Spurs fans are generally happy, welcoming the added quality and experience that Llorente will bring to the side. Some have questioned whether he is past his best and the re-sale value, or lack of, but the vast majority have been pleased by the deadline day deal.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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Lukasz Fabianski exit should lead Swansea City to Liverpool’s Danny Ward

Swansea have been linked with the Liverpool stopper.

Mathew Nash

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Swansea City have sold goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. West Ham United have paid a fee in the region of £7 million to make the Poland stopper their new number one under Manuel Pellegrini after the Swans were relegated to the Championship.

So could this now pave the way for a Liverpool exit?

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The player in question is Danny Ward. The Welsh international was linked with a move to Swansea back at the start of the month and would be the perfect recruit for the Swans.

First of all, he would be playing in his Welsh homeland which would make him an immediate fan favourite. The 24-year-old is also more than experienced in the Championship. He was Huddersfield Town’s goalkeeper when they won promotion in 2017, playing the majority of games for the Terriers that season.

He is also not getting a look in at Liverpool. In two days time, the Wrexham-born star will turn 25 and he needs to be playing first-team football on a regular basis.

With Fabianski gone Swansea need a new goalkeeper and Ward is clearly the perfect man for the job.

Liverpool, on their part, should not stand in his way and allow him the chance to become a hero in South Wales if Swansea do follow up their initial inquiries.

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West Ham fans thrilled with double unveiling of Lucasz Fabianski and Issa Diop

The club completed the double deal in the last 24 hours

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West Ham have unveiled two new signings today in Swansea goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski and Toulouse centre-back Issa Diop, the club has confirmed via their official website, as Manuel Pellegrini looks to bolster his squad, in pursuit of loftier ambitions next term.

The highly rated French defender joined first, with the club confirming they have broken an  “undisclosed club-record fee” to bring him to the London Stadium on a five-year contract. And Fabianski swiftly followed suit, penning on a three-year deal with the Hammers.

Fans are becoming enamoured with their new manager and his eagerness to improve the team, and have taken to Twitter to express their excitement for the rest of the window, and the season ahead under the Chilean’s guidance.

Here’s the reaction:

The two signings follow on from the addition of Fulham fullback Ryan Fredericks earlier this month and it doesn’t seem as though the ex-Manchester City boss has any intentions of slowing down on that front.

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The club are still strongly linked with multiple midfielders including Javier Pastore and Jack Wilshere – with the player announcing his departure from Arsenal (BBC Sport)– and new additions seem likely over the coming weeks.

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Graham Potter should bring Saman Ghoddos with him to Swansea City

The Ostersunds boss looks set to take over at Swansea City this week.

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It appears that Swansea City have decided on the man to replace Carlos Carvalhal. Ostersunds boss Graham Potter is being heavily linked with the job and the two parties are said to be in talks.

An announcement is expected on Friday and, barring any last minute drama, it appears that Potter will be the new Swansea boss.

The 43-year-old has earned rave reviews for his management of the small Swedish side. He has guided them to the top-flight of Swedish football and last season led them on a tremendous Europa League run. They beat the likes of Galatasaray, PAOK Salonika, Hertha Berlin and Arsenal in their run to the last 32 of the competition.

Potter is, therefore, an exciting choice for Swansea and, hopefully, he can bring some of his former players with him to the Liberty Stadium.

(during UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Arsenal and Ostersunds FK at the Emirates Stadium on February 22, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

One such player who would be perfect for Swansea is Iranian international Saman Ghoddos.

The 24-year-old joined Ostersunds in January 2016 from Syrianska and has since gone on to be a big hit at the club. Last season the striker scored 15 goals and assisted nine in 30 league appearances for the club.

This campaign, the striker has 10 goals and six assists from 27 appearances in another impressive looking campaign.

Swansea will need to bring in new recruits this summer if they are to challenge for Championship promotion. One area that needs serious investment is up front. Swansea are lacking firepower and with Tammy Abraham’s loan spell at an end that is now clearly evident.

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Ghoddos is an exceptional and versatile option up top. Capable of playing in a number of positions his arrival would give Swansea real attacking depth.

Not only does he score goals, but he sets them up as well, making him a perfect new recruit for the goal-shy Swans frontline.

If Potter does, as expected, take over at Swansea, then bringing the Iranian in before he heads to the World Cup would be a smart move.

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