By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham are working to complete a loan-to-buy deal for goalkeeper Pau Lopez before Saturday’s Premier League clash against Crystal Palace, according to a report.
The Mirror claim Spurs have been in talks with Espanyol for weeks over a deal for the 21-year-old shotstopper and are now keen to finalise terms.
It is said that contact has been increased in recent days after it emerged that Hugo Lloris will be sidelined for a month with a hamstring injury.
Spanish newspaper Sport claim Spurs will pay a £520,000 fee to sign Lopez on a season-long loan and there will be a £6.1million option to buy him permanently next summer.
It is said that Espanyol have given the green light to the 21-year-old leaving as new manager Quique Sanchez Flores will install summer signing Roberto from Olympiako as his No1 this season.
Lopez would arrive at Tottenham as back-up to established first choice Lloris, who will be out until mid-September.
Following further assessment of the hamstring injury sustained by Hugo, we can confirm he’s expected to be out of action for around 4 weeks.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 16, 2016
Spanish outlet Sport claimed at the start of August that the Londoners had an initial £2million bid for Lopez rejected as manager Mauricio Pochettino looked to add competition for Lloris.
The injury to the Spurs captain increases the need to sign a new keeper even though his deputy Michel Vorm is an experienced Premier League campaigner.
The arrival of the shot-stopper from Spain could push Vorm further down the White Hart Lane pecking order.
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.
Pochettino’s ties with his former club appear to have smoothed out the deal as the Argentine boss looks to add his third major signing of the summer.
Spurs finished an impressive third in the Premier League last season but they stuttered in their 2016-17 season opener – drawing 1-1 with Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.
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