Pau Lopez is probably a name Tottenham Hotspur fans might have forgotten in recent years after the Spaniard spent the 2016-17 season on loan under Mauricio Pochettino, a move he declared a “dream come true”. Now, West Ham are being linked.
Lopez, now 26, joined Tottenham on loan in the 2016-17 season but failed to make a single appearance for then-Spurs manager Pochettino. He was forced to watch on from the sidelines with Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm ahead of him in the pecking order.
He has since propelled his career. An impressive stint at Real Betis earned him a move to Roma, where he has since played 54 times in all competitions – keeping only 13 clean sheets. Lopez has also earned two Spain caps since his Spurs exit.
Now, after a difficult start at Roma this season, he is back in the starting line-up – and the subject of a loan-to-buy offer from Tottenham’s rivals West Ham according to Italian website Forza Roma. However, he has rejected that offer.
That might be for the best given his comments on his move to Tottenham, which he labelled a “dream come true” in 2016 – when speaking to Tottenham’s official website.
“To play for a team like Spurs is a dream come true. I’ve dreamed of playing in England since I was a kid, but I couldn’t imagine I could play with a team like Spurs. It’s a great opportunity,” Lopez said, back in the summer of 2016.
TBR’s view – Would Lopez improve West Ham?
Without a doubt. Lukasz Fabianski has been a proper servant to West Ham and improved the Hammers over the years, becoming one of their most crucial players. But he turns 36 in April, and a long-term replacement is needed.
While West Ham have had an offer for the Spaniard rejected, they really should go back in for him. Bringing a goalkeeper of his quality to the club would solve what could prove to be an issue for David Moyes and West Ham over the next couple of seasons.