Tottenham: Spanish 'keeper to replace Lloris; N'Koudou deal revitalised; midfielder for sale
Tottenham Hotspur’s season got off to a fairly reasonable start with a comeback draw against Everton, but their performance was marred by an injury to Hugo Lloris, which left the team without their star goalkeeper for the majority of the game.
The news has got worse for Spurs fans after it was revealed that Lloris will now spend four weeks out with a hamstring injury, leaving Michel Vorm as the only fit senior goalkeeper in the squad.
Naturally, Spurs have cast their eyes over the transfer market in order to deal with this inconvenience, and have settled their gaze upon Spanish goalkeeper Pau Lopez, who has been linked with them throughout the window.
Lopez, who was given his Espanyol debut as a teenager by Mauricio Pochettino, is one of the most talented young shot-stoppers in La Liga, and has made 38 league appearances for the Catalan club – an impressive feat at just 21.
The youngster reportedly has a buy out clause of around £13 million, which Espanyol could hold out for, but Spurs are hoping that they can secure the signing of the ‘keeper for considerably less, and have been rumoured to have opened with an offer of just £2 million.
With Lloris injured and Vorm only getting older, signing one of Spain’s most promising young stoppers for such a relatively small fee would prove to be very good short and long term business for the North London club.
Georges-Kevin N’Koudou was another 21-year-old European who looked ideal for the Lilywhites, but a deal for the Frenchman had seemingly fallen through after complications at his current club Marseille entwinted with Spurs’ Clinton N’Jie struggling to obtain a work permit for France.
N’Koudou had been waiting in London for the deal to go through, but it appeared the move was dead last week. However, the Evening Standard have reported that N’Koudou’s agent has restarted talks with Spurs and that the deal could be back in the offing.
Bright and quick, N’Koudou would add a different dimension to Tottenham’s flanks, which are currently occupied by the skillful; but hardly rapid, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen, which could bring an important extra dimension to the side.
Furthermore, N’Koudou is a hard worker and has already proved himself to be a fast learner at Marseille and previously Nantes, making him a great option for the future. If the deal is back on the horizon, it can only be good news for Spurs.
Finally, Spurs have seemingly declared their position on unwanted central midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, by saying he will not be leaving on loan and will cost around £12 million to sign permanently.
Lazio and Benfica are reported to have made enquiries about taking the 21-year-old on loan, but Spurs only wish for a permanent sale.
Still a talented youngster and with plenty of time to improve, Bentaleb could represent a fantastic option for a European club looking to sign a very tidy midfielder. His Spurs career, though, appears to be over whether he leaves the club or not.
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