According to El Gol Digital, Tottenham are planning to sign Espanyol striker Borja Iglesias by meeting his £25m release clause, which will see Fernando Llorente sold to Athletic Bilbao.
Iglesias scored 22 goals in La Liga 2 with Real Zaragoza last season and has followed that up with six goals in 11 La Liga outings with Espanyol. He would be an improvement on Llorente and perhaps Vincent Janssen, but here are two key reasons why Spurs will not make this transfer decision.
Finances are tight at Tottenham due to the delays over their new stadium. The Lilywhites couldn’t get a permanent deal over the line during the summer, so they certainly won’t be planning to replace their backup striker in Llorente and take a £25m hit in the process for a player with only three months top-flight experience.
Llorente is out of contract next summer and recently admitted he wasn’t happy with the lack of playing time under Mauricio Pochettino, but it makes more sense for Tottenham to allow him to leave for free at the end of the season.
He’s still a useful target man and came away with plaudits after Spurs’ midweek Champions League win over PSV Eindhoven so an early departure seems unlikely.