Great news…if true.
Spurs are set to offer Hugo Lloris a bumper new contract to keep the goalkeeper out of PSG’s clutches, claim the Mirror.
The Frenchman has been making some worrying noises about the importance of Champions League football this year but the tabloid’s ‘sources’ believe Lloris is settled in London, suggesting he could agree to a new deal.
Our chairman Daniel Levy reportedly compiled a list of possible replacements for Lloris, including West Brom’s Ben Foster, Tim Krul of Newcastle and Man City’s Joe Hart, before concluding that all the options were too expensive.
France international captain Lloris has kept 17 clean sheets this season and been a shining light in a bleak campaign for Spurs.
For all their superstars, PSG lack a world class player between the sticks and would surely love to sign Lloris, but the Mirror say Levy would demand £30m for the player, which is likely to be a problem for the Ligue 1 champions, who will not want to fall foul of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.
In February, magazine France Football claimed PSG’s equally loaded Ligue 1 rivals AS Monaco are also keen on Lloris, although he has previously told Le10Sport that he is ‘too much of a Nice man’ to join their local rivals.
The former Lyon stopper is one of the few world-class players in our squad and deserves to be playing at the highest level.
But at 27, he has plenty of years left at the top, a fact that can hardly go unnoticed when he trains daily with 42-year-old Brad Friedel.
If we can snare a top boss – like Frank de Boer or Rafa Benitez - to replace Tim Sherwood, Lloris may be persuaded, or forced, to stay at the club for one more season.
If we are to have any hope of challenging the current top four next season, we must keep the best players at the club.
And keeping Lloris is all the more essential because back-ups goalkeepers Heurelho Gomes and Brad Friedel are both out of contract in the summer.
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