Tottenham are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund star Roman Weidenfeller as a potential replacement for Hugo Lloris, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United according to Bild.
The Daily Mirror revealed that the France international had refused to deny that he would be interested in a move to Old Trafford if current Red Devils No. 1 David De Gea leaves. Should this happen, manager Mauricio Pochettino may be left with just Michel Vorm as an option between the sticks, with Brad Friedel having retired at the end of the 2014-15 season. Dutchman Vorm, who was previously at Swansea City, didn’t impress in his appearances for the club last season and it looks likely that an upgrade is required.
Lloris said: “For the moment there is a goalkeeper at United and we are watchful of his situation. You have to keep a certain calm with all this. If things should happen then they’ll happen naturally.”
At 34-years-old, Weidenfeller wouldn’t be a long-term replacement for the 28-year-old at White Hart Lane, but could give Spurs some time to find a younger player for the future. With Lloris so important to their fortunes over recent seasons, the club will want to get the choice of his successor completely right before making their move and committing to a player.
With only a year left on his contract at the Westfalenstadion, the ageing player could well be a cheap option for the Lillywhites, particularly considering they would be acquiring a keeper who has 414 appearances for Dortmund as well as five for Germany. They may have to fight off both Stuttgart and Valencia for his signature though, according to Bild.
The experienced stopper found himself on the sidelines with injury for parts of last season though, meaning he may not be the replacement the North London club need. The German only played 25 times in the Bundesliga as BVB struggled to even get in to the Europa League places. With this poor reliability he may not be the best replacement for the almost ever-present Lloris, who made 35 appearances in the Premier League last time round.