Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly poised to make their third signing of the summer.
Having already bolstered their senior squad with the additions of Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen, Spurs have reached a verbal agreement to sign 21-year-old Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez on a season-long loan.
This is according to Sport, who claim that Tottenham will pay €600,000 up front and have the option to sign Lopez permanently for €7m.
So, Spurs could end up paying Espanyol €7.6m – which converts to around £6.5m – for Lopez.
That seems like decent value for a young stopper who appeared 37 times in La Liga last season.
However, Espanyol had the worst defensive record in Spain’s top flight during the 2015-16 campaign, conceding 74 goals and keeping just seven clean sheets.
Tottenham’s need for a new goalkeeper increased last weekend when club captain and no.1 stopper Hugo Lloris limped off in the 1-1 draw at Everton.
Lloris was later ruled out of action for around a month with a hamstring injury, as reported by BBC Sport.
It would be incredible if Lopez were to displace Lloris as Tottenham’s first choice between the sticks, but he may fancy his chances of challenging current back-up keeper Michel Vorm.
A four-week stay on the sidelines for Lloris means that the Frenchman will miss Premier League games against Crystal Palace, Liverpool and probably Stoke City.
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