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Swansea City Chasing World Cup-Winning Striker Fernando Llorente

BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Fernando Llorente of Sevilla celebrates after the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Swansea forward Bafetimbi Gomis completed a loan move to Ligue 1 side Marseille for the 2016/17 season earlier this week and the departure leaves the Welsh club remarkably light up front.

Swansea duo André Ayew and Marvin Emnes are the only current Swansea players capable to playing up top, but neither are out and out strikers.

With their lack of options when it comes to their striking department, it comes as no surprise to read in the Daily Mail that the Premier League club are sounding out a move for Sevilla striker Fernando Llorente.

SHANGHAI, CHINA - AUGUST 08:  Fernando Llorente (R) and Patrice Evra of Juventus celebrates with the trophy after winning the Italian Super Cup final football match between Juventus and Lazio at Shanghai Stadium on August 8, 2015 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

The 31-year-old Spaniard has enjoyed a stellar career, performing with Athletic Bilbao, Juventus and Sevilla to date.

Llorente began his career at Bilbao, progressing his way through the various youth ranks, before making his debut in 2005. Since then he became a club legend, amassing 333 senior appearances and 118 goals for the club in a nine-year spell.

In 2013 he left his boyhood club to join Italian Champions Juventus, contributing 27 goals in 92 appearances as the club went onto win the Serie A title three times during his stay in Italy.

He returned to Spain and La Liga last summer, with Sevilla, going onto make 31 appearances and scoring seven goals for the Europa League champions, but with the arrivals of Wissam Ben Yedder and Luciano Vietto the 31-year-old may find first team action limited at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán this season.

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - JULY 23:  Francesco Guidolin, Head Coach of Swansea City during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Bristol Rovers and Swansea City at Memorial Stadium on July 23, 2016 in Bristol, England.  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

His potential availability has prompted Swansea to make a move for the Spanish international who was a member of the squads which won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.

The forward would be well suited to the style of the Premier League. At 6′ 5″, Llorente is an extremely physical player and his hold up play and heading ability would be a huge addition to a Swansea side that finished 12th last season.

With just two weeks until Francesco Guidolin’s side kick off their season against newly promoted Burnley, the club will be keen to wrap up this deal, or alternatives, quickly.

Steven Parkhill, Pundit Arena

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