Mourinho wants top Ligue 1 goalkeeper as Tottenham begin Lloris plan

Date published: Tuesday 12th May 2020 12:46

Tottenham are interested in signing Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan as the eventual successor to Hugo Lloris between the sticks, according to a report.

Spurs captain Lloris is the longest-serving member of the squad having joined from Lyon in 2012, making 316 appearances for the club in that time.

However, his current contract ends in the summer of 2022 – by which time he will be 35 – and the Frenchman has previously admitted that he could look to move on at the end of his deal.

Behind Lloris, Spurs have Michel Vorm and second-choice Paulo Gazzaniga, who has played a fair chunk of Tottenham’s games this term after Lloris suffered an arm injury in October.

According to LA Voix du Nord (via Sport Witness), however, Tottenham have plans to bring in a long-term successor to Lloris in the shape of Maignan, who has impressed for Lille this campaign.

The Frenchman has played 37 times this season – including all 28 of his side’s Ligue 1 games – keeping a joint-best record of 12 clean sheets in the top flight before the season was ended last month.

 

The source claims that Maignan is motivated about a move to North London because he will have the opportunity to work once more with his former goalkeeper coach, Nuno Santos.

Indeed, Lille are said to have prepared themselves for Maignan’s departure when they signed Leo Jardim from Rio Ave last summer.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen to bolster his defence when the transfer window re-opens, with RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano said to be a top target.

Centre-back Jan Vertonghen’s contract expires at the end of the season, although Toby Alderweireld signed extended terms with Spurs earlier this year.

Elsewhere, Juan Foyth is reportedly a target for Barcelona, having played a limited part in Mourinho’s plans this season.

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