RAI journalist Ciro Venerato has claimed that West Ham want to sign Napoli hitman Fernando Llorente this summer. And some Hammers fans have taken to Twitter in reaction to the speculation.
David Moyes desperately needs to bolster his centre-forward options at the London Stadium this summer.
As things stand, the Scot has only Sebastien Haller and Xande Silva to call upon as striker options.
And RAI journalist Ciro Venerato has suggested that the Hammers could target a move for Napoli striker Fernando Llorente.
West Ham could face competition from Everton for the former Tottenham man’s signature, however.
The Italian was speaking to Kiss Kiss Napoli and his words were relayed by Area Napoli:
“Carlo Ancelotti, the Everton manager, after securing the Allan affair with Napoli, wants another player in Gennaro Gattuso’s team. I’m referring to Fernando Llorente. As well as Everton, West Ham are on the trail of Llorente”.
Signing Llorente would be absolute madness, however.
At 35, the Spaniard’s career is clearly on a downward curve. And he certainly doesn’t fit into the age profile of players who David Moyes wants to sign.
We should be targeting young and hungry players with plenty of pace and mobility. And Llorente clearly doesn’t have those attributes.
Some West Ham fans have taken to Twitter in reaction to the links with the former Tottenham striker…
Blimey, how old is he now, 34? 35?
— And (@ANDAMA73x) September 7, 2020
He’s even too old for the MLS ffs! 🤦♂️
— S Poole ⚒ 🏰⚒ (@PooleShorty) September 8, 2020
Yes thats what i like to see. Us linked with good young players who can commit years to the club 🙄
— #GSBOUTdanny⚒⚒ (@Dannyb3216) September 7, 2020
Fits in with the over the hill expensive signings that sullivsn likes, so wouldn’t be surprised if we tried to sign him.
— Gez Barton (@bartong2011) September 7, 2020
Well at least he’s the right age ..oh hold on 🤷♂️
— costahammer (@costahammer) September 7, 2020
200 year old Napoli striker Fernando Llorente is a target for ambitious Westham adding much needed support to our Redbull strategic approach to youth and development #GSBOUT
— 父 Dylan 父 (@Dylbec) September 7, 2020
spanish andy carroll pic.twitter.com/r4Jb8TUGj5
— la flame (@HudsonLaFlame) September 7, 2020
A reject spud 🤔
— Neal Bond (@BubbleNeal) September 7, 2020
I’m not renewing if we sign him
— Stephen George Lott (@stephenlott) September 8, 2020
It gets worse everyday
— MK2020 (@MK202054150587) September 7, 2020
Great let’s sign an 85 year old
— Adam Jessop #GSBOUT (@adammmm_1998) September 7, 2020
— Joe (@Joe_Parker0) September 7, 2020
It just gets better and better 😩😂😳
— Max Kent (@MKenty8) September 7, 2020