Lyon Reject Bid From Tottenham For France Number One Hugo Lloris

‘Keeper will only leave if demands met, say Lyon.

Lyon have rejected a bid from Tottenham for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and will not sell the France international unless their asking price is met.

Lloris has been linked with a switch to Spurs and their north London rivals Arsenal this summer and is thought to be keen on a move to the Premier League.

Lyon are holding out for £16m for the 25-year-old, who is captain of the French national team, with Spurs only willing to pay in the region of £12m.

“Hugo wants to play at one of the best clubs in Europe,” the Lyon chairman, Jean-Michel Aulas, is quoted as saying by the Guardian.

“This year there was an approach from Tottenham that was quickly rejected. If he absolutely wants to leave, we will look at the proposals but they must be consistent with what we want. If not, he will stay.”

Spurs new head-coach Andre Villas-Boas is desperate for a new goalkeeper, with veterans Brad Friedel, 41, and Carlo Cudicini, 38, in the twilight of their careers and Heurelho Gomes marginalised and untrusted.

The north Londoners have also been linked with a move for Internazionale’s stopper Julio Cesar and Birmingham and England youngster Jack Butland.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rates Lloris but is not prepared to match Lyon’s asking price, while Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny remain at the Emirates.

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