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Sunday September 15 2013
Spurs seek El Shaarawy or Llorente

English papers claim Tottenham plan a January swoop for Stephan El Shaarawy or Fernando Llorente.

The Sunday People reports this morning that Andre Villas-Boas is again looking to Serie A for reinforcements.

His main target is 20-year-old Milan starlet El Shaarawy, who has fallen down the pecking order at San Siro with the arrival of Kaka and Alessandro Matri.

‘The Little Pharaoh’ already rejected a huge offer from Chelsea over the summer, as he is a lifelong Rossoneri supporter.

However, if playing time is at a premium this season for Milan, then he could consider a Premier League switch.

The club has made it clear anyone hoping to buy El Shaarawy will have to pay at the very least £20m, as he is a full Italy international who scored 16 Serie A goals last season.

Another alternative for Spurs is Juventus centre-forward Llorente, who has barely featured since arriving on a Bosman from Athletic Bilbao.

The 28-year-old Spaniard managed just one stoppage-time substitute appearance in four competitive Juve games this season.

Director general Beppe Marotta and Coach Antonio Conte repeatedly stated they are waiting for Llorente to achieve full fitness after a year on the Bilbao bench, but there are growing reports a January loan move is preferable.

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