Tottenham battling London rivals for £30m-rated Lloris successor

Date published: Wednesday 24th February 2021 10:48 - Samuel Bannister

Tottenham have identified Nick Pope as a potential replacement for Hugo Lloris, but would reportedly face competition from a Premier League rival.

Lloris has been Tottenham’s main goalkeeper since joining them in 2012. He has served as club captain since 2015.

However, the Frenchman may be coming towards the end of his Tottenham career. He is out of contract at the end of the 2021-22 season.

Therefore, Spurs may consider selling him in the summer to avoid losing him for free. It is unlikely they would receive a huge fee for a 34-year-old, but something may be better than nothing.

Lloris has admirers back in his native France. Paris Saint-Germain have been heavily linked, with former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino keen to reunite with the goalkeeper in the French capital.

Lloris has come in for some criticism recently, leaving Tottenham with a tough decision to make. If they could find a suitable replacement, they may allow the number one to move on.

According to The Daily Mail, they may have found their ideal next shot-stopper. Burnley keeper Pope is at the top of their wish-list.

Pope has been one of the standout goalkeepers in the Premier League since rising to the role of first choice at Turf Moor.

Injury prevented him from playing at all in the 2018-19 Premier League, but since recovering, he has only missed one of a possible 63 games over the last couple of seasons.

Now a regular in the England squad, even if he is not first choice for his country, Pope has been linked with a move to a bigger club.

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It is now claimed that Tottenham have identified him as an ideal successor to Lloris. Pope would cost in the region of £30m.

Burnley still have him under contract until 2023, with the option of an extra year. But at the age of 28, it may be an ideal time for Pope to make the step up in his career.

West Ham also want Pope

Tottenham are not the only London club tracking Pope, though. The report also adds that West Ham are interested.

West Ham currently have Lukasz Fabianski as first choice, but he will be 36 by the end of the season. Hence, they may be looking for a longer-term option.

Pope is apparently also on their radar as they plan to build for the future.

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