Younes Kaboul Says French National Team Colleague Has Asked Him About Tottenham Switch

Kaboul admits Lloris has been in touch over Tottenham transfer.

Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul has told 25-year-old Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris that a move to White Hart Lane would suit him and Spurs.

Andre Villas-Boas is on the lookout for a new shot-stopper with first-choice Brad Friedel now 41 years of age and back-up Carlo Cudicini 38 – and Lloris is a prime candidate.

Brazilian goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes is still a part of the Spurs squad at present but is expected to be moved on, leaving space for a young keeper at the north London club.

Kaboul, Lloris’ team-mate in the France national team, told L’Equipe: “It is true that I spoke with him by phone and he asked me about Tottenham but the choice is up to him.

“He is a great player and a great person, of that I have no doubt. If he played in a major championship and for Spurs it would be a very good signing.”


After several weeks of speculation, Younes Kaboul has confirmed that Tottenham are interested in signing French international ‘keeper Hugo Lloris.

The news will come as blow to Spurs current goalkeeping contingent, namely veterans Brad Friedel, 41, and Carlo Cudicini, 38, and erratic Brazilian Heurelho Gomes.

The pursuit of Lloris effectively signals the end of Gomes’ career in north London. Clearly, neither Friedel or Cudicini could be considered long-term options but the former PSV stopper had expressed hope that he could make a fresh start under Andre Villas-Boas, after being frozen out under former boss Harry Redknapp. This now seems unlikely.

Spurs chase of the French captain also seems slightly misplaced when you consider the other deficiencies in Tottenham’s squad. With less than a fortnight until the start of the Premier League season, Spurs only have one senior striker on their books in Jermain Defoe, who is not suitable for Villas-Boas preferred 4-3-3 system.

Surely Tottenham need at least two more additions up front if they are to realistically challenge for the top four and quality strikers do not come cheap. Villas-Boas will also need to address the lack of back-up in wide areas, particularly after letting Steven Pienaar join Everton.

With Lloris expected to cost upwards of £14 million, are Tottenham mistakenly strengthening between the sticks when their hard-earned cash would be better spent on adding to the forward line?

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