By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham have finally reached an agreement with Espanyol for Pau Lopez after three rejected bids for the goalkeeper, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim 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.
Spanish newspaper Sport claim that Lopez will say his farewells to supporters at Thursday night’s clash against Malaga before heading to London to put the finishing touches to his Spurs move.
Sport report that the Spaniard’s medical is set to take place on Saturday and he will be announced as a Tottenham player next Monday.
The Londoners have signed midfielder Victor Wanyama and striker Vincent Jansson this summer and they are also closing in on wingers Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou from Marseille.
Pochettino has been keen to add a third senior goalkeeper to supplement Hugo Lloris, who is out until mid-September with a hamstring injury, and Michel Vorm.
Espanyol have given the green light to Perez leaving as new manager Quique Sanchez Flores will install summer signing Roberto from Olympiako as his No1 this season.
The injury to the Spurs captain increases the need to sign a new keeper even though his deputy Vorm is an experienced Premier League campaigner and stood in for the club captain in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
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, scouts have been watching Nottingham Forest youngster Oliver Burke after the teen sensation continues to impress.