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How Twitter reacted to Tottenham’s signing of Swansea striker Fernando Llorente from under Chelsea’s nose

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Tottenham provided one of the shocks of the transfer window as they have emerged from nowhere to complete the signing of Swansea striker Fernando Llorente, as confirmed on their club website.

Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague claims that the deal has cost the Lilywhites just £12 million, and that the 32-year-old will put pen to paper on a two year contract with an option for a further year.

For much of the summer, Llorente was expected to be on his way to Chelsea, say The Guardian. However, at the final moment Tottenham have leapfrogged their London rivals to seal a deal with Swansea and complete the signing of the Spaniard.

Having scored 15 goals for the Swans last season, he will bring proven Premier League experience to Wembley. He will likely compete with Harry Kane as a back-up option, rather than replace him, but his ability from the bench could make a real difference for Mauricio Pochettino and represents a clear upgrade from Vincent Janssen.

Spurs fans will be hoping that Llorente can recreate that form at Wembley, where he will work with his new manager. Having kept Swansea up last season with his goals, he will be sorely missed in south Wales but few will begrudge him one last shot at the big time with a return to Champions League football. That said, Chelsea fans are not quite so happy at the fact that he has joined their London rivals in what is perceived as yet another failure to fulfill Antonio Conte’s requests.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the news:

Spurs confirmed the deal…

But only after a picture emerged of him in a Tottenham shirt…

And their fans were pleased…

One of the best bits was that he was a Chelsea target…

And Chelsea fans weren’t too pleased…

Though not everyone was quite so impressed…

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

Jamie Watts

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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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West Ham round up: Lucasz Fabianksi, Issa Diop in next 24 hours, Roma enter race for Javier Pastore

A round-up of the day’s most interesting news surrounding West Ham.

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Double unveiling in next 24 hours?

West Ham have been negotiating deals for Swansea City goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski and Toulouse centre-back Issa Diop for over a week now, and the Evening Standard are reporting that a double unveiling is imminent in the next 24 hours.

Manuel Pellegrini is set to encore the signing of Fulham fullback Ryan Fredericks with the Poland goalkeeper, having agreed a three-year deal, with £7 million going to the recently relegated Swans. The delay is said to be due to the 33-year-old’s inclusion in his nations clash with Senegal today.

Diop has reportedly completed his medical in London yesterday, despite interest from the likes of Everton and Sevilla, with RMC Sport claiming the player will sign a five-year deal at the London Stadium, tying him until the club until 2033 for a fee of around £22 million.

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Pastore falling through?

Pellegrini had expressed an interest in signing Paris Saint Germain want-away Javier Pastore earlier this month, but talks have stalled over constant financial issues and it now appears Italian giants Roma are keen to move in, according to ESPN.

Sky Sports Italy are suggesting that Roma is the more appealing option to the 28-year-old, and are even claiming that the Argentine’s agent Marcelo Simonian has flown to Italy and has agreed a £24 million deal for a four-year contract, with the option to extend another year in the capital.

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Antonio to Palace?

Crystal Palace could make a move for West Ham winger Michail Antonio this summer as they look to add more firepower to their squad after securing Premier League survival.

According to the Daily Mirror, Antonio has been told he is not part of the Hammers’ long-term plans under the new management of Pellegrini and is set to leave.

The Hammers are apparently open to offers and it is suggested that Palace might face stiff competition for a player who has scored 20 goals in 76 Premier League appearances.

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