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Three winners and three losers as Swansea’s Fernando Llorente joined Tottenham

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After adding Serge Aurier to their ranks, Tottenham pressed on with their summer transfer activity by bringing Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente to the club for an undisclosed fee, as reported by BBC Sport.

The Spaniard became Spurs fifth addition and he joined on a two-year deal. The former Athletic Bilbao man scored 15 goals for Swansea last season, helping the Welsh club avoid relegation.

His move to a bigger team comes as a result of his good form, but who benefits and who suffers from Llorente’s transfer to Tottenham?

The winners

Fernando Llorente

The Spaniard himself comes out as a winner due to the fact he’s joined a bigger side. The 32-year-old, who is coming to the closing stages of his career, gets to play in the Champions League and compete for trophies instead of battling relegation.

At his age, he has played a lot, so he will no doubt be pleased to have a less pressurised squad role. Instead, Llorente will be hoping the he can make an impact when he is called upon for Spurs.

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Paul Clement may have mixed feelings about Llorente’s departure due to the fact that the Spaniard was an integral part of their side last season.

However, the Swans have added Wilfried Bony and Tammy Abraham to their strike force this summer, two players that are more than capable of finding the back of the net.

Harry Kane

Since breaking into Tottenham’s side, Harry Kane has been heavily relied upon in the goals department. Vincent Janssen was meant to ease the load, but the Dutchman has failed to showcase his talent.

Kane will be hoping that Llorente doesn’t suffer the same fate as Janssen, and instead, hits the ground running. The Spaniard is a player capable of taking some weight off the Englishman’s shoulders and Spurs fans will sure be hoping he does just that.

The losers 

Antonio Conte

The Italian boss missed out on a number of targets this summer, but, after closing in on a £15 million move for Llorente, according to Goal, Conte will particularly aggrieved to see the Spaniard join a title rival.

Chelsea now only have two strikers in the first-team fold. However, if they can solve the issues surrounding Diego Costa, missing out on Llorente will be long forgotten.

Diego Costa

Having not signed Llorente, Chelsea failed to ship off Costa and he was denied an exit from the Blues. Instead, the Spain international is now expected to rejoin the Under-23s, as per the Goal.

The news outlet also reported that a transfer to Atletico Madrid, the club he joined Chelsea from, fell through on deadline day due to complications.

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Despite finding adequate replacements, Swansea have now lost two integral members of last season’s side. Gylfi Sigurdsson, their creator, has joined Everton, and Llorente has now also departed The pair were what kept the Swans in the Premier League and to lose them both is a massive blow.

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Liverpool

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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Crystal Palace

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.

Jamie Watts

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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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