Tottenham Close In On French International Hugo Lloris, As Arsenal Pull Out Of Keeper Chase

Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris could be on his way to Tottenham after reports in France claimed the French side is in talks with the London club over his transfer.

The France international is ready to leave Lyon and has a queue of clubs interested in bringing him to the Premier League, including Arsenal and Liverpool.

Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aaulas admitted before Euro 2012 that the keeper had told him he could be tempted by an offer from a “great European club”.

Now according to French newspaper L’Equipe it is Tottenham who are in pole position to snap him up, after they opened talks over the 25-year-old.

The proposed fee is reported to be around 20 million euros.

SOURCE: The Daily Mirror

Dare we think it…but are things starting to look rather rosy at White Hart Lane?

It seems that the club’s board is fully prepared to back new boss Andre Villas-Boas in the transfer market and this summer is already a far cry from Harry Redknapp’s last transfer window, when Spurs only managed to recruit veterans Ryan Nelsen and Louis Saha on free transfers.

But already Tottenham have beaten Liverpool, Swansea and Bayern Munich to the signing of goal-scoring midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, signed Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen (voted the best player in Holland last season) from under Arsenal’s noses and now look set to beat their fierce rivals to the signing of Lloris, the France captain.

These are young, hungry players with plenty of experience and, importantly for the club’s board, re-sale value. The club are clearly and effectively addressing areas of the team that need to be addressed: a new centre-half to replace the retiring Ledley King; a new ‘keeper to succeed the ancient Brad Friedel and we also expect Emmanuel Adebayor to sign permanently next week.

The bad news is that Luka Modric looks almost certain to leave but as Spurs proved last summer, they will not let the scheming Croatian go without a fight so expect big big bucks when the diminutive playmaker finally completes his move to Real Madrid. On top of that, it’s looking increasingly likely that Joao Moutinho will be his replacement, while Sigurdsson, who scored three times as many league goals as Modric in less than half the appearances last season, is already on board.

Things are looking up at White Hart Lane…but then this is Tottenham we’re talking about, so expect something to go wrong.

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