Date: 19th July 2019 at 5:30pm
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OPINION

West Ham must have a never-ending shortlist when it comes to trying to complete their attacking line-up for next season.

Mario Husillos has surely been working overtime at the London Stadium to try and keep up with all the forwards who could potentially link up with the Hammers.

After Sky Sports had reported that West Ham had failed in a hunt for new Valencia forward Maxi Gomez, the Hammers quickly turned their attention and confirmed the club-record signing of Sebastien Haller.

But they weren’t done there, with the Daily Star reporting that they had contacted the representatives of Fernando Llorente.

That would have been Manuel Pellegrini’s first bad move of the window should he have completed a move, but Tottenham could have saved his blushes, with the Daily Star now reporting they are set to offer him a new deal, less than a month after releasing him.

The 34-year-old is the last thing that West Ham need right now, especially after such a good transfer window which has seen them utilise the period to bring in younger attacking options, such as Pablo Fornals.

Llorente did score some important goals for Tottenham last year, but the Premier League veteran wasn’t consistent enough and certainly didn’t warrant his £75,000 per-week wages [Source: Spotrac].

The World Cup winner made 20 appearances last season, only starting six of those as he struggled to make an impact. A striker with great mobility is key to leading the line alone, and Llorente doesn’t possess that, only averaging 0.3 dribbles per game which led to him only winning an average of 0.3 fouls per outing for his side [Source: WhoScored].

West Ham will now be forced to look elsewhere, with Tottenham surely saving their blushes by reportedly lining up a new deal for the forward, who only found the net once in the league last term.