By Dominic Toner
Tottenham have completed the signing of goalkeeper Pau Lopez from Espanyol, according to a reliable journalist.
ESPN correspondent Pete O’Rourke revealed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon that Spurs have agreed to sign the Spain Under-21 international on loan.
The 21-year-old has been linked with a move to White Hart Lane this summer and the move appears to have finally been completed just hours before Wednesday’s 11pm cut-off point.
— Pete O’Rourke (@SportsPeteO) August 31, 2016
The Evening Standard reported that Spurs will pay £500,000 for the goalkeeper’s loan until the end of the season and have an option to sign him permanently at the end of his spell for £6million.
It is said Espanyol had previously rejected three offers from Spurs for the Spain Under-21 international as they played hardball over the terms of his transfer.
Spurs have suffered an injury to their current number one Hugo Lloris after he picked up a hamstring injury in the Premier League opener against Everton, which ruled him out of action for four weeks.
The club’s goalkeeping understudy Michel Vorm impressed when he stepped in against Liverpool and was named the man of the match in the 1-1 draw last weekend.
Lopez is expected to be the third choice goalkeeper but will be able to learn from two experienced players in Lloris and Vorm.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side also have the welcomed distraction of the Champions League this season, so a busy fixture list could provide Lopez with first-team action in domestic competitions.
Espanyol academy graduate Lopez made his debut in 2014 for the Spanish club, who were previously managed by Pochettino.
Lopez made 38 appearances for the La Liga club in all competitions last term, as he conceded 74 goals, which included seven clean sheets.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a finale has been reached in their deadline pursuit of a La Liga ace.