Report: Liverpool Is Interested in Fernando Llorente, £20 Million Striker Plays for Athletic BilbaoSpanish hotshot Fernando Llorente has emerged as a possible Liverpool transfer target. People reports the Reds are interested in signing the Spanish international, and they are not put off by his reported £20 million ($30.6 million) price tag.

The 26-year-old is a FIFA World Cup winner (Spain 2010) and a prolific goal-scorer with Spanish club Athletic Bilbao. He made his league debut for the club in 2005, but it wasn't until the 2007-08 season that he became a starter on the first team.

Regular playing time has helped Llorente blossom into a full international. He's scored 11, 13, 14 and 18 league goals in the last four seasons. He's netted five in 14 games this season. His consistent goal output has seen his name appear on the wish lists of top clubs around Europe.

Llorente also has a number of admirers at Anfield. Liverpool was reportedly interested in signing him last January, but could not agree on a transfer fee with Bilbao. Two current Reds have been singing his praises to LFC management, according to the report.

"Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina and Maxi Rodriguez have also praised Llorente's performances in La Liga this term to Liverpool’s hierarchy," reads the report.

Barring injury or loss of form, it is likely that Llorente will be a part of Spain's squad at this summer's European Championships. He could feature in the attack for the defending champion, which could see his value increase.

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