Exclusive: Pochettino sets sights on signing Spurs 'best friend' he 'lunched with every day'
Newly-appointed Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino may raid his former club Tottenham to sign his ‘close friend’ Hugo Lloris, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The 48-year-old is assessing his squad and identifying transfer targets after he was confirmed as the new manager of PSG last week.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that Pochettino and Lloris “lunched with one another every day” while together at Spurs and had a relationship far closer than that of a player and a manager.
The pair were described as “close friends” amid concerns that the goalkeeper could be tempted by the prospect of a reunion with Pochettino and a return to his native France.
Lloris, 34, has entered the final 18 months of his contract at Spurs and while the club have opened initial talks over a blockbuster new deal, nothing has been agreed.
The club hierarchy are keen to secure the long-term services of the France international, who is the third-longest serving player at the club behind Danny Rose and Harry Kane.
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The 2018 World Cup winner has been with the Lilywhites since 2012 and was named captain by Pochettino three years later.
He has kept 118 clean sheets in 345 appearances for Spurs, starting all 16 of Jose Mourinho’s side’s Premier League fixtures this season.
Reports suggest that the London club would sign another goalkeeper if they were to lose Lloris to PSG, despite boasting the likes of Joe Hart and Paul Gazzaniga in their ranks.
West Brom’s Sam Johnstone and Manchester United’s Dean Henderson are both said to be on a list of potential targets.