A report earlier this week seemed to suggest that time is now running out on Hugo Lloris’ run as Tottenham Hotspur’s undisputed number one goalkeeper.
Football.London claims that Spurs are unlikely to offer Lloris a new contract, with his current deal expiring in 2022.
The Frenchman has previously admitted a desire to play elsewhere before he retires and the report even claimed Tottenham could look to cash in on Lloris next summer.
Either way, it seems there is only one, maybe two, more seasons of Lloris between the sticks for Tottenham.
So who is the next Tottenham number one?
Here are five possible replacements…
The Lille stopper looks the most likely. Tottenham have already been linked with a move for the player. Way back in April, Le10 sport suggested Tottenham were considering Lloris’ countryman as his eventual successor.
Maignan’s former goalkeeper coach Nuno Santos is currently at Spurs and there is every chance he would be the perfect replacement.
Tottenham could even sign him next summer, loan him back to Lille, and then replace Lloris when his contract expires – it would be a perfectly arranged deal.
Way back in October 2018, two years ago, it was suggested that Onana was being earmarked as the eventual successor to Lloris at Spurs.
At that time, there was some suggestion Lloris might be of interest to PSG. That never happened, so talk of Onana to Tottenham has cooled. Meanwhile, there has been a change of management at Tottenham since, which means the Ajax stopper might have slipped off the radar.
But when it comes to top quality goalkeepers looking for a new home, Onana would be one of the main options should Tottenham enter the market for a new keeper.
The Manchester United goalkeeper is known to Jose Mourinho and has also been linked with the club before.
ESPN suggested last year that the Englishman was on Tottenham’s radar and he will only have impressed more after a stellar season with Sheffield United.
Now second-choice to David De Gea at Manchester United, Tottenham would undoubtedly be keen should he fail to find his way past the Spaniard over the next couple of seasons.
The Albanian, according to a report from Il Tempo in March, is Mourinho’s first-choice to replace Lloris at Spurs.
The Lazio stopper has impressed in Serie A and is out of contract at the same time as Lloris.
Perhaps the stars line up perfectly for him to take over.
Unlikely to be a popular option, but the club’s current second-choice is a 75-cap England international with two Premier League winners medals.
Only a few months Lloris’ junior, this would not be a long-term option. However, should he prove himself an able deputy there’s every chance Hart might get the chance to remain between the sticks for at least a season if Tottenham do not find a better, younger option.
So there are five possible options should Tottenham need to replace Lloris in the near future.
Who would you like to see take over from the Spurs stopper?