Speaking to Spanish radio station Onda Cero, hopeful Derby County owner Erik Alonso revealed that he would like to sign fellow countryman Fernando Llorente for the Rams.

As it stands, Colin Kazim-Richards is the only senior striker set to remain at the club next season with Martyn Waghorn’s contract nearing expiry and Lee Gregory’s loan spell coming to an end.

Jack Marriot, currently on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, also sees his contract expire in the summer and it’s unlikely that it shall be renewed.

So heading into the next campaign, the Rams have just Kazim-Richards and youngster Jack Stretton as viable options up top.

Swansea City Training and Press Conference
SWANSEA, WALES – AUGUST 10: Fernando Llorente exercises in the gym during the Swansea City Training at The Fairwood Training Ground on August 10, 2017 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

It is no surprise to see that Alonso wants to strengthen the forward department at the club, although Llorente certainly seems an unlikely candidate.

The 36-year-old only signed for Udinese in January, agreeing a one-and-a-half year deal with the Serie A outfit. He has scored once in 11 appearances for I Bianconeri so far.

 

Llorente has effectively only ever played top flight football, bar his first season as a professional, switching between Spain, England and Italy throughout his career.

In total the Spaniard has made over 600 career appearances, scoring over 180 goals and recording over 60 assists in the making for Basconia, Athletic Bilbao, Juventus, Sevilla, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur, Napoli and current side Udinese.

Aside from club football, Llorente has been capped 24 times by the Spanish national team and played a part in their World Cup and Euro triumphs in 2010 and 2012.

Netherlands v Spain: 2010 FIFA World Cup Final
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – JULY 11: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE: MINIMUM USAGE FEE APPLIES – 500 GBP, PER IMAGE, OR LOCAL EQUIVALENT) (L-R) Jose Manuel Reina, David Villa and Fernando Llorente of Spain pose with the trophy in the Spanish dressing room after they won the 2010 FIFA World Cup at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Alex Livesey – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Would Llorente to Derby make any sense whatsoever? It’s not likely we will ever find out, but Alonso has spoken.

Once again we will have to wait and see with this one.

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