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Tottenham star hints that he ‘desired’ summer transfer to Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has hinted that he almost moved to Manchester United in the summer window, although he insists that he is committed to Spurs.

The France international was rumoured to be among the favourites to replace David De Gea as the No.1 at Old Trafford [Mirror]- had the Spaniard been granted his desired transfer to Real Madrid – but with De Gea’s saga embarrassingly dragging all the way to deadline day, both players have stayed put.

However, Lloris has cryptically suggested that he could very well have left White Hart Lane in the summer, stating that ‘desired movement’ from clubs interested in his signature simply didn’t materialise.

Ahead of France’s international friendly with Portugal on Friday, the goalkeeper lifted the lid on his potential switch to United.

“A lot of things were said and written,” he began, as reported by the Daily Mail, “there could have been a development there but the desired movement didn’t happen.

“I have a lot of affection for Tottenham. I feel respected, I have a very good relationship with the staff and I’m ready to play the best season possible.”

United recruited Sergio Romero during the summer transfer window, bringing in the Argentine stopper on a free transfer. Despite the departure of Anders Lindegaard to West Bromwich Albion, the club find themselves with a surfeit of goalkeepers.

As well as De Gea, who didn’t depart, and new boy Romero, World Cup-winning Spaniard Victor Valdes also remains at the club, giving Louis van Gaal a trio of international stoppers to pick from.

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Lloris arrived in north London in August 2012, and has regularly been linked with an exit from White Hart Lane in light of Spurs’ continued failure to secure a spot in the top four, and a return to the Champions League.

He is arguably among the top five goalkeepers in the Premier League, and is capable of threatening the world’s best for a leading position in between the posts.

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