Friday 28 October 2016

Swansea target Fernando Llorente as replacement for West Ham-bound Andre Ayew

Published 01/08/2016 | 17:16

Fernando Llorente
Fernando Llorente

Swansea City are trying to agree a wage package with the former Spain international Fernando Llorente before they permit Andre Ayew to leave for West Ham in a £20 million deal.

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The sticking point with signing the Seville striker are his wages, believed to be around £5 million annually. The transfer fee is likely to be small, around £5 million, but would require the club to commit to at least two years for Llorente, which he has on his current lucrative deal in Seville.

His agent, and brother, Chus Llorente said on Monday that the player was still committed to staying at Seville, who will play in the Champions League next season.

The 31-year-old is part of another Swansea overhaul of their striking options with Bafetimbi Gomis having already left on loan to Marseille.

Ayew was signed on a free transfer last summer, although there were considerable agent fees and terms to be met. He scored 12 goals last season and the plan was always that he would move on for the right price. 

The club have traded players astutely since their Premier League promotion in 2011, moving on Wilfried Bony, Joe Allen, Jonjo Shelvey and Scott Sinclair for considerable profits.

Francesco Guidolin will have a very different side next season with captain Ashley Williams also likely to leave for Everton, who have a strong interest in the centre-back - contracted to Swansea for another two years.

West Ham’s offer for Ayew is in response to the departure of Diafra Sakho to West Bromwich Albion. He is expected to leave for a fee of around £16 million, a record for West Brom.

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