Tottenham Failed With Ligue 1 Striker Bid

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White Hart Lane bid to sign Lyon forward did not come off.

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Tottenham failed with a January transfer deadline day move for Lyon striker Lisandro Lopez, it has emerged.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas was desperate to bring in a new frontman in the final days of the transfer window with Emmanuel Adebayor on international duty with Togo at the African Cup of Nations and Jermain Defoe sidelined for three weeks through injury.

Villas-Boas backed out of a deal to sign number one target Leandro Damiao from Internacional because of the complicated third-party ownership of the Brazilian international striker, and made do without a new addition to his options.

But it has emerged that the White Hart Lane club made a last minute bid to sign Argentine forward Lopez on loan from Lyon for the remainder of the season only for the approach to be turned down by the French Ligue 1 side.

The bid to sign Lopez, who has been with Lyon since 2009, was revealed by his former team-mate Hugo Lloris, who is now Tottenham’s first choice goalkeeper.

French international Lloris told L’Equipe: “Lisandro? It seems he almost joined Tottenham. He is a great player, charismatic and one who has given a lot to Lyon. He is a top player, who works hard for the team and can win matches. He is a player that deserves the best.”

Lloris and Lopez will come face to face on Thursday when Tottenham host Lyon in the Europa League.

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